Discovering that you have a cavity may be surprising and concerning, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of your smile. At Paris Mountain Dental, Dr. Ghimire may recommend a composite filling to restore a decayed tooth. Composite fillings are discreet and look natural as they match the color of your tooth enamel. Don’t let a cavity keep you from smiling. Contact Paris Mountain Dental to resolve tooth decay in Travelers Rest, SC!
What are composite fillings?
Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are used to fix cavities or areas of tooth decay. The dental filling material is either glass or quartz filler in a resin compound, allowing for natural-looking dental restorations. Composite fillings are durable and versatile. Many patients with traditional dental filling materials, like metal, often transition to tooth-colored fillings for their natural appearance.
How long do composite fillings last?
On average, composite fillings last five to 10 years. Like any restorative dentistry treatment, longevity for a composite filling ultimately depends on how well you care for your smile. With proper care, including regular dental check-ups and consistent oral hygiene practices, you are sure to benefit from a composite filling for many years. However, sometimes teeth grinding or other factors can impact their longevity. If your dental filling becomes dislodged or ineffective, we encourage you to contact us.
Do I have a cavity?
Routine dental checkups and cleanings play an important role in discovering cavities. While many patients think their oral health is stellar, some may have a cavity without knowing about it! Cavities often don’t hurt until the decay has reached inside the tooth, where it impacts the nerves. Some signs you may have a cavity include:
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Dull ache or pain when eating sweets
- Tooth discoloration
If you experience any of these signs, contact our office, and we’ll perform an exam to determine if the composite filling procedure is best for you.