How Long Do Composite Fillings Last?


smileCavities 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:
•  The location of the filling. Biting and chewing pressures are greater at the back of your mouth. While composite fillings are fairly strong, they may wear out faster if placed in your molars.
•  The size of the filling. Typically, smaller fillings tend to last longer because fewer issues are likely to occur.
•  If you suffer from bruxism. Bruxism is a condition in which you grind and clench your teeth. These actions place excessive pressure on your teeth. As a result, an amalgam filling may wear out faster.
•  What you eat and drink. Sugary or acidic foods and beverages can increase your risk of enamel erosion. This can increase the risk of problems developing with your composite fillings.
•  Your oral hygiene habits. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices is essential for your oral health and the longevity of your fillings. If you neglect your oral hygiene, new decay can form around your filling, compromising it. Additionally, poor oral hygiene also increases your risk for developing cavities in your other teeth.
•  Dental techniques when placing your composite fillings. How your composite fillings are placed is essential for making sure they last. It is important that the affected tooth is properly cleaned and dried to prevent moisture and bacteria from contaminating the treatment area.

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.

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