What are Fillings?

We offer cosmetic, tooth colored fillings. When someone has a cavity, first the cavity and underlying damaged tooth structure are removed. Next, a natural tooth colored filling is placed. These same tooth colored fillings, also known as dental composites, or composite resins, can be used for cosmetic bondings on front teeth.

How long do fillings last?

Unfortunately, nothing in dentistry lasts forever, but fillings can last for a long time if cared for properly. This means brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing once a day. Your mouth is one of the harshest environments around. No filling is ever as strong as the original tooth structure and many factors will affect the lifetime of a filling, such as location in the mouth (back vs. front), which surfaces of the tooth (just on top of the tooth or extending to in between the teeth or on the side of the tooth), your occlusion (how your teeth come together when you bite), if you grind your teeth at night, if you have a normal salivary response.

Why don’t fillings last forever?

The second a dentist does a filling or crown, saliva and bacteria immediately try to undermine our hard work. Every bite of food, every second we spend grinding our teeth puts more stress on the beautiful bonding or crown that was just completed.

What are some things that will cause a filling to fail?

The same things that cause a cavity in the first place will cause new cavities to form under an existing filling. This is called recurrent decay.