Longevity and Care of Composite Fillings

Longevity and Care of Composite Fillings from Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry in Middletown, NYComposite fillings are commonly used to fix problems with a child’s teeth. A pediatric dentist may give the young patient and their parent a choice between composite fillings and other materials for their teeth. Each option has slightly different parameters for how long the filling will last and what you need to take care of it. Understanding the benefits of a composite filling can help you decide if it is the right choice for your child.

What is a composite filling?

Composite fillings resemble natural teeth. Unlike a metallic filling, which is easily noticeable in the mouth, this type of filling is tooth-colored and should blend well with a child's teeth. In addition, the filling can match the young patient's specific tooth shade. This makes it a good choice for areas of the mouth that are easily noticeable.

Besides the color difference, composite fillings are very similar to other fillings. While they are common for filling cavities, composite fillings can also patch chips and cracks and repair broken teeth.

Short-term care

The child may experience increased sensitivity in the affected area following the filling procedure. Avoiding extremely hot or cold foods can help the child avoid discomfort. This is a temporary side effect of the procedure that should gradually fade. The child's parent should also be careful to help them avoid hard foods that may damage their new filling. It is also important for them to avoid behaviors such as chewing on ice cubes, pens, or other items that might cause damage.

Long-term care

Fillings in the teeth do not last forever. Eventually, the young patient will need to visit their pediatric dentist to get them repaired or replaced. Their parent should expect a composite filling to last anywhere from five to 15 years.

In addition, proper care can extend the life of the filling. The child and their parent should stay on top of their oral health routine, including brushing and flossing. It is important to be gentle with the teeth while properly cleaning them. The dentist may have suggestions for specific toothbrushes that can help with this.

If, after a few years, the child starts to notice new sensitivity or soreness around teeth that have had a filling, this may indicate that it is time to replace or repair them. Keeping up with regular visits to a pediatric dentist can also help monitor the state of the child’s fillings. The dentist will be able to inform the parent when it is time to get the child’s composite fillings repaired or redone.

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Conclusion

Composite fillings look more natural than other options. You can expect them to last your child around 10 years. Proper care and regular visits to an experienced pediatric dentist can extend this lifespan. However, your child may experience sensitivity shortly after getting a composite filling or when it is time for the fillings to be replaced or repaired. If you have questions, call our office to learn more about our services or to make an appointment.

Request an appointment or call Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry at 845-363-4177 for an appointment in our Middletown office.

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