Less commonly used and more costly types of fillings are gold, ceramic and glass ionomer. Gold can last 20 years, with ceramic just behind at an average of 15 years, and glass ionomer lasting only about 5 years or so.
You and your dentist will determine which material is best suited for your filling based on the size and placement, the condition of the remaining tooth structure and your cavity risk.
When a tooth is broken, misshapen, too damaged or decayed for a filling, or in need of a cosmetic modification, a crown might be used to cover and encase the entire tooth above the gum line. Similar to fillings, crowns can be made from metal, resin or ceramic. A temporary crown may be used before a permanent crown is made and applied. For temporary crowns, you may need to use caution when eating and flossing. A permanent crown can last 5-15 years depending on which material it is made from and if it is cared for properly.
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