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How long does a dental filling last?

When you get a cavity, it’s necessary to place a tooth filling to stop the decay from spreading and restore the tooth. While modern dental fillings made using composite resin are very durable and can last for several years, they aren’t permanent. 

Dr. Schmidt exclusively places composite fillings that are a mixture of tiny glass and resin particles and can be customized to match your tooth enamel. When you stay current with your oral health needs, composite fillings can last about 7-10 years before you need to replace them.

Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your Fillings

You can take several steps to get as much use as possible out of your tooth fillings.

  • Stay current with six-month checkups: During your routine exams and teeth cleanings, Dr. Schmidt will check the condition of all your dental work to see that it’s in good condition. When she checks your fillings, she’ll look for signs of damage or wear.
  • Nightguard to protect against teeth grinding: Many people grind their teeth when they sleep without knowing it. If our dentist finds excessive wear indicating teeth grinding and clenching, she may recommend a custom nightguard to protect your fillings and teeth.
  • Avoid sugary foods: Sugar causes plaque to grow on your fillings and causes new cavities to form under your existing filling. 
  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods: Biting down too hard on nuts, ice, and hard candy increases wear and tear on your fillings.

Schedule Your Next Teeth Cleaning and Exam

If it’s been a while since your last cleaning and dental exam, we recommend that you schedule an appointment at our Parker dental office. Dr. Schmidt can check on all your existing dental work and look for cavities that might require a tooth filling.

We are pleased to serve patients in Parker, Stonegate, Aurora, and all surrounding communities. 

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