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How long do tooth-colored fillings last?

When you have a tooth that has suffered from a build-up of plaque and tartar, the result often can be a shallow pit that grows as the tooth decay causes bacteria eat through your tooth enamel. If you allow this situation to progress, the pit may become a hole, which is more commonly known as a cavity. The treatment for this condition is a dental filling.

At Smile Station Family Dentistry, we provide tooth-colored fillings which are both practical and attractive. You may be familiar with the more traditional silver dental fillings that dentists have used for decades. While this material’s advantages are strength and longevity, it has many drawbacks.

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Paducah, KY Are Constantly Improving

When you receive a tooth-colored filling today, it likely will last much longer than one placed ten years ago. The reason is that the composite resin material that goes into tooth-colored fillings has undergone extensive improvement, along with the techniques for preparing the cavity.

In addition, we use precision instruments to remove less natural tooth structures, so we can trust a smaller filling to be just as effective. With proper care and regular dental visits, your tooth-colored filling will last seven to ten years and, in some cases, even longer.

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