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Fillings and Restorations

A filling is a material that your dentist uses to fill a cavity after he or she removes any tooth decay.

What types of fillings or restorations?


1. Amalgam is the easiest material for a dentist to use. It is the fastest and least costly choice. Amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, or other metals.

2. Composite resins are tooth-colored fillings. Composite resin is easier than gold for a dentist to work with and usually is less expensive than gold

3. Ionomers are tooth-colored materials that dentists often use for small cavities or cavities between teeth. Some ionomers release small amounts of fluoride, which may help you if you often get cavities.

4. Gold is costly and is harder for your dentist to work with. This makes the procedure take longer and cost more.

5. Ceramics are costly tooth-colored fillings. They require special equipment and may require dental lab support. You may need several appointments.



How long do dental fillings last?

It found an average life span of 12.8 years for the amalgams and 7.8 years for the composites. 2) A study by Forss (2001) calculated an average life span of 12 years for amalgam fillings and about 5 years for composite ones.

Are white or silver fillings better?
Composites often allow a dentist to prepare a cavity much smaller than can be achieved with gold, porcelain or silver amalgam fillings. Making a smaller filling is very important to the strength of a tooth and for increasing the amount of time a filling will wear. Composites work very well with laser prepared cavities.

Why does my tooth hurt after getting a filling?
Nerve pain that produces sensitivity to pressure and temperature is normal after a filling and though many don't experience discomfort after a filling, others do. Sometimes, when the decay is too close to the nerve, a root canal may be necessary to restore the tooth.

Can I get my silver fillings replaced with white ones?
If your metal fillings are old, now may be the perfec t time to swap them for tooth-colored composite ones. Leakage. Amalgam fillings are not bonded to tooth structure, so overtime saliva, food, bacteria can creep down the margin of the filing into the tooth and set up tooth decay. Cosmetic Reasons.

What can you eat after getting a filling?
It takes about 24 hours for a grey filling to harden completely. Dentists recommend waiting one hour after the procedure to eat anything, and to wait 24 hours before eating solid foods. White fillings are made of composite, which is a white paste of resin that hardens instantly when exposed to blue light.