Longevity and Care of Composite Fillings

Longevity and Care of Composite Fillings from Brilliant Smiles Lakeland in Lakeland, FLComposite fillings are a commonly used option for fixing a variety of problems with the teeth. Your dentist may give you the choice between composite fillings and various other materials to use for your teeth. Each option comes with slightly different parameters for how long the filling will last and what you will need to do to take care of it. Understanding the benefits of a composite filling can help you decide if it is the right choice for you.

What is a composite filling?

A composite filling is made to look close to natural. Different from a metallic filling, which can be easily noticeable in the mouth, this kind of filling is tooth-colored and should blend in well. It can be matched with a patient's specific tooth-shade. This makes it a good choice for areas of the mouth that are easily noticeable.

Other than the color difference, composite fillings are very similar to other kinds of fillings. While they are frequently used for filling in cavities, they can also be used to repair teeth that are broken by patching chips or cracks.

Short-term care

Following the filling procedure, you may notice that the affected area is especially sensitive. Avoiding foods that are extremely hot or cold can help you avoid discomfort. This is a temporary side effect of the procedure that should start to fade with time. You should also be careful to avoid hard foods that may damage the filling. Stay away from behaviors such as chewing on ice cubes, pens, or other items that might cause damage.

Long-term care

Fillings in the teeth do not last forever, and eventually, you will need to visit your dentist to get them repaired or redone. You should expect a composite filling to last anywhere from five to 15 years. Proper care can extend the life of the filling. You should stay on top of your oral health routine, including brushing and flossing. It is important to be gentle with the teeth while still ensuring that they are properly cleaned. Your dentist may have suggestions for specific toothbrushes that can help with this.

If, after a few years, you start to notice new sensitivity or soreness around teeth that have had a filling, this can be a good indicator that it is time to get some work done on them. Keeping up with regular dentist appointments can also help keep track of where your fillings are at. Your dentist should be able to inform you when it is time to get the composite fillings repaired or redone.

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Composite fillings look more natural than other options. You should expect them to last around 10 years. Proper care can help extend this lifespan. While you may experience some sensitivity shortly after getting a filling and when it is time to get it repaired, for the most part, it should not interfere with your day-to-day life.

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