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What is Dental Filling?

Dental Filling is a treatment to restore missing tooth structure which could have been a result of decay or trauma. Decay makes tooth area hollow. Dental Filling helps to fill this gap and protect it from further damage. A filling is also used to repair broken tooth or cracked tooth and the teeth which wear off due to dental habits like teeth grinding, nail biting etc.

When Does One Need Dental Filling?

There are various signs and symptoms where fillings can be required. The symptoms could be as below:

  • A hole in your teeth
  • Dark spots on the teeth
  • Food stuck between certain areas of the tooth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • Single or multiple cavities

What is the Procedure of Dental Filling?

Dental Filling is normally required if your tooth has a decay. It can prevent further damage to your teeth and can protects them.

  • The very first step is to see how severe the infected tooth is. This is because Dental Filling is only suitable for minor fractures and decay
  • The dentist then examines the teeth and if required an X-ray would be done for precise information
  • Depending upon the spread of decay, local anesthesia is administered to make the area around the infected tooth numb
  • Then the decayed around tooth is removed and it is prepared for restoration
  • A filling is then placed to the area to fill the cavity. The type of filling will depend upon case to case and person to person
  • Finally, the finished tooth has to be polished to finish the dental filling procedure

Consequences of Not Getting a Dental Filling Done

If you have decay, then it is extremely important to remove the decay and get Fillings done because if the treatment is not done on time then slowly the enamel (outer part of teeth) start decaying exposing the dentin (the hard part below the enamel). The bacteria in your mouth will come in contact with dentin, causing more spread leading to infection. Once you will feel the sensitivity then need to get Fillings done. But if you skip this part and do not get the treatment done at proper time, then the infection will reach to the nerve which will eventually damage the tooth and then one needs to undergo a Root Canal Treatment. You are also at risk of the infection traveling to the adjacent tooth making it also prone to decay.

Price of Dental Filling in India

Fillings are a very affordable and efficient restoration method, but the cost varies greatly in different situations and for different patients, depending on the involvement of tooth. The cost of treatment is determined by the size of the filling, the number of fillings, and the material you choose. If a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to loss of tooth and replacing a missing tooth is significantly costlier than a dental filling.

Types of Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings are of various types and the type of filling to be used will depend upon the condition of decay and other factors such as a person being allergic to a material. The different type of fillings available areas follow:

Metal Filling

This old age filling is long lasting . In this type, Silver Filling is comparatively inexpensive,but gold though expensive is a preferred choice. As, they can withstand chewing forces and last usually from 10-15 years.

Amalgam Filling

These are the most researched and widely used by dental professionals. They are made of several metals combined and therefore, they have high strength.

Composite Filling

These are of the same color as your teeth and are preferred if a person does not want their filing to be seen. It is recommended & suitable for front teeth and It also bbonds well with the tooth structure. It is also used for a chipped tooth, however, does not last long as compared to metal and amalgam filling and can also wear off within time.

Porcelain / Ceramic Filling

Best material if you have serious aesthetic concerns. These cover most part of the tooth, hence can be used if the decay is large enough. This long-lasting filling does not stain or wear off easily.

Post Treatment Care for Dental Filling

  • Before you start chewing, make sure that the anesthesia has worn off
  • Do not consume anything too hot or too cold if the effect of anesthesia is still present
  • You might feel soreness around your gum area, this will last only for a few hours to days
  • Avoid hard or sticky food for a some days
  • If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, then make sure you use a mouthguard specially to protect your filling
  • If you feel sensitivity for too long or if your dental fillings come out, visit your dentist
  • Maintain a good Oral Hygiene routine like cleaning, brushing, mouthwash & flossing

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1. How Long Does A Dental Filling Last?

The longevity of Dental Filling depends upon the material of the filling and also depends on how well you take care of your filling. The life of Dental Filling generally varies from 10 years to 20 years.

Q.2. Can Dental Filling come out?

Yes, but the chances are rare.

Q.3. What To Do If Your Fillings fall off?

Visit your dentist as soon as your Dental Filling comes out.

Q.4. How To Know That Dental Filling Is not stable?

If you have sensitivity even after getting the filling done, then it is likely that your filling is about to come off. Or if you feel pressure while eating or have a constant toothache then the chances of it coming out is high.