A dental filling is something that the dentist will put into your tooth to restore a hole created by dental decay, or to restore a chipped or broken tooth to it’s original shape. Sometimes a new filling will be given to replace old fillings that have broken or have decay underneath. At Invitation to Health we use composite filling material. Composite fillings resemble the natural tooth colour and do not contain any metal. Composite can be used to replace any amalgam fillings that you may wish to have removed.
How Long will my filling last?
A composite filling is expected to last an average of 8 years. The longevity of a filling depends on it’s size, oral hygiene of the individual and placement technique.
Smaller fillings will usually last longer than large ones. Composite fillings are also very technique sensitive and will deteriorate quickly if not placed using the correct technique. Dr. Molloy has been successfully placing composite fillings for over 15 years. If a person does not look after their teeth after the filling has been placed and allows plaque deposits to build up on the teeth, or has a poor diet, there is a good chance of decay recurring in the tooth again.