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A filling can stop the progression of disease. If a cavity is not filled, the decay will continue to spread, affecting more of the tooth.
Often referred to as ‘tooth-coloured’ or ‘white’ fillings, composite fillings are composed of a mixture of acrylic resin and glass-like particles and have many benefits. Composite restorations are relatively strong, durable and can generally be placed in one visit. They can last roughly 10 years and preserve more of the natural tooth. They are popular due to their ability to retain the natural appearance of the tooth, particularly in the front teeth.
If your filling is in good condition and there is no decay beneath it there is no need to replace it.
There may be circumstances whereby your dentist will provide the option of replacing your filling. This may be the case if:
• The filling is “leaking”. This can occur if the filling becomes worn or if decay develops a around an edge of the filling.
• Additional work is needed on another part of the tooth due to decay or other tooth damage. In such circumstances it often necessary to remove an existing filling and extend it to repair the new problem.
In both of these examples, your dentist will consider a number of factors such as the size and/or position of any new dental restoration and the remaining life span of the already existing filling. Discuss your options with your dentist to make an informed choice for your health.