Composite dental fillings are a common choice for tooth repair after a cavity because they are safe, easy for both the dentist and patient, easy to care for, inexpensive, and look great.
If you are concerned about the aesthetics of getting a cavity filled with a silver substance, composite fillings are a great alternative.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are usually made of a mix of ceramic, plastic, quartz, resin, and/or other powdered substances to put on top of a filling or to use as a filling when a patient has a cavity repaired.
The composite filling is colored to match the shade of the tooth, so rather than seeing the filling in the mouth, it looks more like a normal tooth.
What Are Composite Fillings Made Of?
It depends. Every manufacturer of composite filling material includes a different mix, and dentists tend to prefer one type or another. Most commonly, composite fillings are made of resin, powdered ceramic or quartz, and/or plastic-based materials.
How Long Do Composite Fillings Last?
Composite fillings can last as long as a decade if they are cared for well by the patient.
For example, maintaining proper tooth hygiene (flossing and brushing after meals and getting regular checkups) is essential. This is not just because it helps to maintain the composite filling and the tooth that holds it, but it also allows a dentist to notice any issues with the filling and recommend repair or replacement when needed.
Additionally, how long the composite filling will last depends on which tooth has the filling. If the tooth is one that is very frequently used to bite or chew, or if the patient has a habit of grinding their teeth in their sleep, the composite filling will usually last between five and seven years before needing repair or replacement.
As with all tooth care and longevity of teeth in general, diet plays an important role as well. Eating lots of healthy foods that are filled with nutrients will serve your teeth better than eating junk foods, acidic foods, and/or sugary foods that may wear down the tooth more quickly.
How Do I Know if My Composite Filling Needs to Be Replaced?
There are a number of issues that can arise when it’s time to get a composite filling replaced, including these:
- A toothache in the tooth with the filling
- A new sensitivity to heat or cold in that tooth
- Intermittent pain that may or may not be related to chewing, biting, or bruxism (grinding of the teeth)
- A feeling of pressure when biting down on that tooth
- A loose or broken composite filling that is easily visible
Get Composite Fillings in South Miami
If you would like to learn more about composite fillings or if you need a composite filling replaced, Dison Family Dentistry has got you covered. Call now to schedule an appointment.