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The most common types of dental composites that are used are those that are made from composite resins. These are dental cements that are typically made from synthetic resins that are preferred for their strength, longevity, and natural tooth color. 

Depending on the complexity of the procedure and the location of the decayed tooth, other types of dental composites can also be used, such as porcelain, ceramic, glass ionomer, and metal amalgam.

If the procedure is done well, a good dental composite filling should last anywhere between seven to 10 years or even longer. However, this lifespan depends on several factors such as the location of the filling, the type of material used, the dentist's technique, and the patient's oral health habits.

Another important factor is the bite force that is regularly exerted on the dental composites. If the tooth is located in an area that experiences high bite forces and is exposed to constant biting and grinding, the lifespan of the dental composite fillings will be greatly reduced.

These days, the use of composite resins is becoming the more popular option, but that has not always been the case. Metal amalgams used to be the filling of choice a few years ago, and many dentists still use them today. It is usually up to the dental practitioner to decide which type of material is best for the procedure. 

Unlike resin composite fillings made from plastic or ceramics, amalgam fillings are made from a variety of metals. They are not teeth-colored, though, which is why many people these days would prefer using dental composites instead. 

The great thing about using dental composites, especially those made from resins, is that in the hands of a skilled dental professional. They can be made to look exactly like the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes it possible to use this type of material on the front teeth. 

Dental composites are also very strong meaning patients can confidently bite down on their food without the fear that their fillings will fall off. As such, dental composites are quickly becoming the number one choice for replacing missing front teeth or fixing a chip or crack.

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