Have you spotted or been told you have a cavity? Cavities should be treated immediately because delaying treatment can eventually lead to tooth loss and other health complications. Good news! Cavities are easily treatable using tooth fillings.
Maegan Elam, DDS and Associates in Bedford, Texas, treats cavities using composite fillings. Composites are preferred because they aptly treat tooth decay without compromising natural aesthetics. But how long do composite fillings last? Dr. Maegan Elam explains.
Composite fillings are made from acrylic plastic and finely ground glass particles. These materials are moldable and easily fill up the decayed portion of the tooth to restore oral health.
Years ago, metal fillings were the go-to procedure for dental cavities and decay. Although metal fillings are long-lasting, they have safety and aesthetic concerns. Many dentists have switched to composite fillings because they are safe and look beautiful. But are they durable?
Composites may look like they aren’t strong enough, but they are incredibly resilient once they bond with the tooth. On average, composites last four to seven years, but we have seen patients with composite fillings lasting over 10 years without issues!
The longevity of white fillings depends on several factors, including location, diet, oral hygiene, and the presence of bruxism. While some of these factors are beyond your control, for others, you can do something about them.
Follow the tips below to ensure your fillings last many years.
Do you want to learn more about tooth fillings? Would you like to have your cavity treated?