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How long does getting a composite resin dental filling take?

Composite resin dental fillings can usually be completed in one appointment, lasting up to an hour or so depending on the extent of the cavity. Getting a composite resin dental filling takes up to 20 minutes longer than for a silver, or amalgam, filling. That is because the tooth has to stay completely dry while the layers of composite are added to the tooth. Once the composite resin is added, it takes less than a minute to harden with the help of a special light.

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