How long do tooth-colored fillings last?
Composite resin is not only an excellent material for aesthetics, but it is also very durable. Tooth-colored fillings made with composite can last around 10 to 12 years with excellent home care and regular checkups with Dr. Gentry.
One of the secrets of the success of composite fillings in Charlotte, NC is that the material is bonded directly to your tooth, unlike amalgam metal fillings. This provides a seal, and the filling becomes a seamless part of your tooth's structure that adds strength and protects it.
Composite also does not react to hot and cold like metal fillings do, which means they don't pull away from the tooth and breakdown as amalgam fillings are known to do.
Just like your natural tooth, keeping your teeth clean and free of decay will help protect and maintain your filling. Be sure to brush twice each day and floss once consistently.
Why does treating decay matter?
If Dr. Gentry has recommended a filling for you, it is important not to ignore or delay getting your treatment. If tooth decay is left untreated, it will progress further into your tooth and could reach your nerve where it will cause an infection. At that point, root canal therapy would be needed to preserve your tooth.
Contact Dr. Gentry today to schedule your appointment and maintain your dental health.
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