When it comes to cosmetic fillings, the longevity of the treatment depends on a variety of factors. The location of the filling, size, and dental hygiene all play a role in how long the filling will last. Generally, composite fillings used to repair broken front teeth won't last as long as other fillings used to repair cavities. However, they can still remain attached to your natural teeth for up to 10 years.
This is because the front teeth receive lighter chewing forces than the back teeth. Composite fillings are an attractive option due to their affordability and quick application. They can also be placed in small cavities, which helps preserve more of the natural tooth. In terms of longevity, composite fillings have a survival rate comparable to that of amalgam fillings for the first five years. After that, they are more likely to fail.
On average, composite fillings can last 10 to 12 years, although some may last much longer. White fillings are also an option for cosmetic dentistry. It's said that a white filling can last up to five years with proper dental care and maintenance. To learn more about the benefits of white fillings, contact experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban who practices general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry in and around Fairfax, Virginia.