How Long Should My Composite Fillings Last?

Smiling boy in the dental chair is getting a composite filling.

We’re going to go out on a limb here and assume that when you get a dental treatment, you want the procedure to be effective and the results to be long-lasting. Did we get that right? Different dental treatments have different “life expectancies” so to speak, and that includes composite fillings. Here’s what you need to know about how long composite fillings often last and what you can do to make sure they last as long as possible.

Longevity of a Composite Filling

How long your composite filling will last can vary depending on your dental hygiene and other factors, such as whether or not you have bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding) or a dental injury. That being said, composite fillings generally last for five to fifteen years. During your regular preventive visits our team will monitor the condition of your fillings so that you’ll know if it’s time to replace them.

How to Protect Your Filling

To extend the lifespan of your composite filling for as many years as possible, there are a few steps you can take. For starters, keep up with your daily hygiene routine of brushing and flossing your teeth. Keeping your smile clean helps prevent decay from forming around your filling. Additionally, if you know you grind your teeth, get a custom nightguard made so you can protect both your filling and your other teeth from that damaging pressure.

Tooth-Colored Fillings at Hillstream Dental

If you have any additional questions about dental fillings, or you’re in need of a composite filling, give us a call at Hillstream Dental. We provide composite fillings as part of our restorative dental services during a gentle, routine procedure. We offer comprehensive dentistry at both Rochester Hills and St. Clair Shores locations so we’re also here for whatever other dental needs come your way.

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