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How Long Should a Composite Filling Last?

Posted on 2/10/2019 by Dr. Daniel Riley
How Long Should a Composite Filling Last?Many of our patients erroneously believe that a dental filling is a "one and done" procedure, but the fact is, composite fillings do not last a forever.

It's a common misconception that a composite filling should last a lifetime or, at the very least, for decades. The fact is, however, that you can count on gaining several years out of your filling, but it's simply not realistic to expect them to last for the rest of your life.

The Truth About the Lifespan of a Composite Filling

Composite fillings are a fantastic option for many of our patients. Because it can bond directly to your tooth, we're able to preserve more of your tooth. Composite fillings require less drilling, which makes them much more comfortable for patients who have anxiety about the drill. Furthermore, because composite is comprised of a mixture of silica-glass and a plastic-like material, it can easily take on the appearance of a real tooth, even being dyed to match your existing teeth.

However, with all the benefits that come from relying upon a composite filling, it's important to remain realistic about your expectations about what they can do for you.

The lifespan of a composite filling is highly dependent upon a number of factors, including:

•  The skill of the dentist who gave you the filling.
•  The tooth where the filling is adhered.
•  How well you take care of your teeth.

If you trust in the highly skilled and professional dental team at our office, you can be confident that you are receiving quality dental work. A small filling may last longer versus a large filling on a molar in a site that undergoes a lot of stress and, of course, how well you take care of your teeth will play a huge role in how long your filling lasts. Proper oral hygiene will certainly help prolong the life of your filling. You can expect to gain about seven to ten years out of your filling, though you may experience some variation in that duration.

To learn more about the dental procedures we offer at our practice or to schedule a comprehensive dental exam and cleaning, please give our office a call today!
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