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How Long Do Composite Fillings Last?

smile To maintain your dental fillings, it is important to follow good oral hygiene practices. This includes regular, preferably every six months visits to our office, here at Raptou Family Dental, for a professional dental cleaning and exam. Regular brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining the health of your mouth. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride-containing toothpaste, and also floss at least once a day. Even the most diligent brushers can still be faced with tooth decay and gum disease. Dental cleanings are an extra preventative measure to keeping your mouth in top form and good health. We use specialized tools to scrape the plaque, tartar, and bacteria from all surfaces of your teeth. Your dental cleaning ends with a polish to provide them with a beautiful finish. If you notice anything different about your dental fillings, contact our professionals immediately.


Regular dental cleanings are required to understand the state of your dental health. In the case you have dental fillings, regular dental visits and exams will help in analyzing the current situation of your dental fillings. Our dental professionals are the best people to tell you what is wrong with your current dental restorations. We will be able to detect whether they are in place or if they are wearing out. Dental fillings become mandatory when you suffer from tooth decay. There are various choices you have for dental fillings such as amalgam, composite, and glass ionomers. Deciding which filling is suitable for you can be determined by our professionals.

What is a Composite Filling?

A dental filling is the most common dental restorative work we perform. We use filling material following the removal of decay, also known as a cavity. We also use filler to make simple repairs to enamel. Most fillings are now completed using a filler called composite. This is a blend of quartz and resin. Composite provides patients with a filling material that is tooth colored, highly strong and durable, with the ability to be manipulated or shaped and adhere to the surface of the tooth.

Composite (tooth colored) fillings are a great alternative to the big, clunky amalgam fillings of the past. Made of a mixture of glass, plastic, and a resin bonding material right here in our office, we can fill your cavities in a way that no one will ever notice. Your tooth will appear natural.

Signs You Need to Get a Dental Filling

Bleeding of the gums is a major sign that you need to see our dental professionals for an exam and might need to have a dental filling. Any problem with your gums, also known as periodontal disease, is usually characterized by bleeding gums. When you experience any bleeding in the teeth or in the gums, you may be suffering from gingivitis, tooth decay, or any other gum and tooth-related disease.

Pain is the most vital sign that should make you think about whether it is time for you to have your tooth filled. Any kind of pain experienced when you are eating or drinking anything hot or cold could be a sign that you have a decayed tooth. Cavities also cause the heightened sensitivity of your teeth. When you notice that you are becoming sensitive to different temperatures of the food or drinks that you consume, it is most likely time to see our professionals and inform us about it.

Bad breath is not as common as the first two signs, but having constant bad breath tells us that something is definitely wrong inside of your mouth. Bad breath is not something that should be taken lightly or ignored because it may indicate a more serious underlying problem. Also known as halitosis, bad breath can be a problem associated with cavities, and this may need a dental tooth filling procedure.

Cavities are known for destroying the teeth and will create small holes in the teeth. The larger the hole it gets, the more food particles can be trapped, eventually leading to bad breath and decay. Dental caries, also known as tooth decay, are the result of the acid-producing bacteria found in plaque. Over time, tooth decay can cause cavities that threaten the inner layer of the tooth, such as the dentin or pulp chamber. If you are diagnosed with any small to moderately-sized cavities, we typically recommend a dental filling to remedy the situation.

How Long Do Dental Fillings Usually Last?

Composite dental fillings typically last between five to seven years, and sometimes even up to 10 years. How long your fillings last can depend on several factors including:
•  How well you take care of them - if you have and maintain good oral hygiene habits
•  which tooth the filling is in - a tooth that takes greater stress by chewing or if you have bruxism will have chances of wearing out faster the more pressure is regularly placed on it
•  if you have a healthy diet and what types of foods you are eating

What Are Signs That My Filling Needs to Be Replaced?

•  Toothache
•  Temperature sensitivity to hot or cold foods
•  Pain, which could come and go
•  Pressure when you bite down
•  You can see that your filling has become loose or fractured

Composite dental fillings are the perfect tooth restoration for treating cavities. If you need a new filling, or have a current dental filling that needs to be replaced, please contact us here at Raptou Family Dental. No matter how much we take the necessary steps to avoid them, cavities are bound to happen to anyone. With proper oral healthcare and hygiene, you can avoid such problems. However, if tooth decay and cavities are already present, getting dental fillings will be one way to completely address the problem.

Our professionals here at Raptou Family Dental can answer any questions or concerns you may have. Give our office a call at (614) 427-0449 today for more information, and to find out how composite dental fillings can help and be beneficial to you.

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How Long Do Composite Fillings Last? - Columbus, OH • Raptou Family Dental
Many composite fillings last at least 5 years. There are many instances in which they can last up to 10 years or more.
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