7th December 2020
How Long Do White Fillings Last?
At Crescent Lodge Dental Practice, here in Clapham Common, we love to transform our patients’ teeth with white fillings (also known as tooth coloured fillings). Whatever your reason for needing a white filling, rest assured that once in place, most people won’t be able to tell you’ve had restoration on your smile. In this special post, our top dentists answer some common questions about white fillings.
1. How long do they last?
Probably the most frequently asked question about any kind of dental treatment is how long it will last! And understandably so – our patients deserve to know exactly what they’re getting out of their dentist and will need to plan for the future, too.
With white fillings, you can expect them to last several years. Of course, looking after your teeth is absolutely essential and can help prolong your results – and we also recommend regular dental check-ups.
2. Why have white fillings?
Whether it’s replacing a previous metal filling, or it’s the first time you’ve ever had a filling carried out, there are many reasons why you might consider a white one. First of all, they’re tooth coloured fillings and are more subtle in your mouth, with no risk of metal flashing when you laugh or smile. Second of all, white fillings are extremely durable, and thanks to advancements in their technology, typically last a similar amount of time to their metal counterparts.
3. What are they made of?
Tooth coloured fillings are made of composite, a type of resin. They can be matched to your smile for a more seamless look, so many of our patients request a whitening treatment in tandem. White fillings can resist the forces of biting and chewing for many years.
4. How can I avoid fillings?
Here are some suggestions from our expert dentists on how to avoid having fillings in the future:
– Always protect teeth with a mouth guard during sports
– Brush and floss for two minutes, twice a day
– Attend regular dental check-ups
– Try to limit sugary and acid foods and drinks in your diet
5. How do I book my white fillings appointment?
Simply get in touch with our dedicated dental team today, and we’ll secure an appointment slot with our expert dentists. Our dental practice, based here in Clapham Common, is the ideal location for those living and working in London and the surrounding areas.