The only way to deal with a cavity is to fill it. These fillings have been made from many different materials over the years. Gold used to be the standard, but then silver took over. Today, composite fillings are usually preferred by most people because they don't look much different from the enamel of your teeth.
This means they won't stand out when you open your mouth. But are these composite fillings really the best option? How long will they last until they have to be replaced?
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are made from a type of bonding material that is actually fused to your teeth using a special type of liquid that is cured with a light. The light sets the bonding material instantly, so there's no worry that your filling will fall out before it's completely bonded to your teeth. There is no “drying” time to worry about since the light sets the liquid completely in just a few seconds.
How Long Will the Filling Last?
There are a few factors that will impact how long your composite fillings will last. The first is their placement. If your fillings aren't installed correctly, they won't last as long as they should. Fortunately, you're in good hands with our experts! Our team has years of experience in placing composite fillings, and we make certain every filling is installed correctly, so they look great and last for as long as possible.
Another factor that determines how long your fillings are likely to last is how well you take care of your teeth. If you brush your teeth at least two times a day, floss regularly, and come in twice a year for a cleaning and checkup, your fillings will last for at least five years, if not longer.
Do you need a filling, or are you afraid one of your fillings is coming loose? Give us a call to set up an appointment.