How Long Do Composite Fillings Last?
Cavities are a common dental issue. They are small pits that form on the surfaces of your teeth as a result of tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when the acids produced by the plaque and bacteria in your mouth erodes your tooth enamel, leading to weak spots. Without treatment, weak spots worsen, and eventually lead to cavities. When you have a cavity, it should be treated right away. At Raptou Family Dental, we can treat cavities with composite fillings.
What is a Composite Filling?
A composite filling is a treatment for a cavity. This type of filling uses a composite resin material to restore your oral health. Composite resin is a material made up of a mixture of different substances, including fine glass and plastic. This type of filling provides an alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. It is a tooth colored material that blends in with the color of your natural teeth, making it perfect for treating cavities affecting teeth near the front of your mouth.
The material does not contain any metal or mercury. Composite resin also bonds with your natural tooth structure, rather than simply filling in the cavity. Because of this, less of your natural tooth structure needs to be drilled away to place the filling.
How Long Does a Composite Filling Last?
While composite fillings are not as strong as amalgam ones, they are still quite strong and can last for many years. Many composite fillings last at least 5 years. There are many instances in which they can last up to 10 years or more.
What Factors Affect the Longevity of a Composite Filling?
There are many different factors that can impact the longevity of a composite filling. Factors include:
Composite fillings provide you with a much more aesthetic alternative to amalgam fillings. With proper care, they can last for many years. For more information, contact Raptou Family Dental today at (614) 427-0449.