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Dental Fillings

Dental fillings

Dental fillings are a durable material used to replace missing tooth structure. Their purpose is to seal off bacteria, restore the normal tooth shape and chewing function, and also to protect the tooth structure from the sensitivity that occurs when internal parts of the tooth are exposed to the mouth.

Can fillings be avoided?

Most fillings that dentists perform are related to poor home care, such as not keeping the teeth clean and failing to prevent extreme forces on the tooth structure. However, many cavities are preventable. By taking good care of your teeth at home and minimizing the stress you put on them, you can reduce the number of fillings you need.

Can dentists do fillings without a drill?

Unfortunately, no. Before a tooth can be filled, it must be surgically shaped, and there's no way to do this without using a dental drill.

What are different types of filling materials in dentistry?

The most commonly used filling material worldwide is composite. Ceramic and gold fillings were also used extensively for a long time, but they are now cost prohibitive as a filling material.

Can my dental fillings match my tooth color?

Absolutely. Modern fillings can be matched to the wide variation in tooth colors we see in people.

Does a dental filling procedure hurt?

Dental care should never be a painful experience. If you are receiving dental care and you are experiencing discomfort, it's important to communicate this to your dentist.

Brushing after a filling

If your filling is a composite, it should be ready to go the moment you leave the office. However, it's recommended not to chew anything until you can fully feel all the tissue inside your mouth.

Do dental fillings need to be replaced?

Yes, due to our daily activities, our teeth undergo a lot of wear and tear. Occasionally, this means that the fillings need to be replaced after many years.

The cost of a filling

The cost of a dental filling can vary depending on the amount of surgical work needed to restore the tooth to a healthy state and the extent of existing damage on the tooth. Generally, you can expect to pay between $300 to $500 per tooth until you have a dentist provide an exact quote.

When should I schedule a dental appointment if I think I need a filling?

You should schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible. Dental problems only get more costly over time, so it's best to address them sooner rather than later.

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