A member asked:

How often should composite fillings be replaced?

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Dr. Jeff Kimble answered

Specializes in Dentistry

When they go bad: There is no specific time to replace them. On average they last about 10-15 years, but depending on your diet and oral hygiene, they could last only 5 years or over 20. Of course other factors are involved, including the size of the filling and the expertise of the doc, but diet usually is the main culprit.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Winston Muditajaya answered

Specializes in Dentistry

If there's a problem: Composite fillings generally do not require replacement if nothing is wrong. They do however stain over time and can leak. Usually i will look over the yearly check up x-rays to make sure decay is not present underneath any fillings.

Answered 10/6/2014

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Dr. Don Millner answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

6-9 years smile zone: Composite fillings are a manmade substitute for natural tooth enamel. When done well, they can look great for 6-9 years. Made from acrylic they are slightly "porous" and are subject to absorbing unremovable stain. And their bonded edges eventually separate and stain there too! a cosmetic failure is just as valid reason to replace as a physical "break down" when in the esthetic smile zone!

Answered 8/24/2016

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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

When necessary: I have had patients break a composite filling or get decay around one in six months ; I have had extensive composite fillings that i place 10-20 years ago still look good ; be functionally fine. There is no specific lifespan. Diet, eating habits, size ; location of filling, home care ; expertise of the dentist all play a role. Newer composite materials last longer than ones used in early days.

Answered 12/2/2016

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