Protect Your Teeth With Dental Fillings
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Dental Fillings
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Teeth fillings may not cause severe pain because your dentist will numb the area before the procedure. You may feel a bit of sting as the anaesthesia is injected, but you shouldn’t feel anything afterwards.
You may expect some sensitivity or mild discomfort in the tooth that was filled after the treatment. But it should be mild, and it is expected to subside after a day or two. Otherwise, call your dentist if you have significant dental pain, swelling, or pus.
- Composite fillings. It is the most common type of teeth filling and is a good choice for front teeth. They are made from tooth-coloured acrylic resin and polished glass and are applied in layers that are hardened into the tooth using a special light.
- Amalgam fillings. Silver amalgams are made with a mixture of multiple metals, including silver, copper, mercury, and tin. They’re commonly called “silver fillings” because of their silver-like appearance. Amalgam fillings are usually used in the back teeth since they don’t match the colour of the teeth.
- Gold. Gold fillings are durable, making them last longer than other types of filling materials. But they often come with a high cost and require a few dental visits.
- Glass ionomer. Glass ionomer is commonly used as a cement for inlay fillings and used around the necks or tooth roots, as well as for temporary fillings in baby teeth. Ionomer fillings release fluoride that helps prevent additional decay.
- Ceramic fillings. They are made of porcelain, which is a strong and durable material. Porcelain is also resistant to staining, so your ceramic fillings may maintain their natural-looking bright white colour for many years.
There is no specific limit on how many times you can replace your fillings. But your dentist will recommend other alternatives once the hole or damage becomes too large. If you have more filling material than the natural structure, your tooth may not have enough strength to hold the fillings.