Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings

Is there anything worse than a toothache? It’s there constantly and makes it hard to eat or drink anything. If this is what you are experiencing, it is more than likely that you need a dental filling.

It will alleviate your pain and prevent any further damage to your tooth. This is a guide to everything you need to know about Tooth filling and how they work.

What are tooth fillings?

To be able to explain correctly, you should first know what cavities are. Cavities are formed from tooth decay, which creates a hole in your tooth. These cavities should be filled right away to avoid further spread of the decay.

Your dentist will clean out the areas with tooth decay during the appointment and insert a Tooth filling that will act as your tooth’s structure. If you ignore your cavity, the pain will worsen, and eventually, the tooth will have to be removed.

Are There Different Types of dental fillings?

There are two types of fillings, metal, and tooth-colored. Have you ever seen someone laugh, and there is a bit of silver in their teeth? These are amalgam fillings, and they fall under the metal category. Another option from that category is gold fillings.

The options under the tooth-colored category are:

  • Composite
  • Porcelain
  • glass ionomer

The most durable filling is the gold option, and not far behind that are the composite and porcelain fillings. It would be best to ask your dentist to help you choose which material would be best suited for your situation and how much each option will cost.

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings were the most common fillers used in the past.

They will also be your most affordable option, but many new advancements have been made, and a dentist will not usually recommend this option.

To prepare your tooth for these fillings, the dentist will have to remove some tooth structures. This is why this option is so widely unpopular, as removing additional structure will cause weakening of the remaining tooth in the long run.

An amalgam can be placed in any of your teeth; this includes your incisors, although most people prefer not to have them on their front teeth. They can be made from an assortment of metals that include:

  • Mercury
  • Copper
  • Silver
  • Tin

These materials are strong, making them ideal for molars. If you are concerned about the mercury in the filling, don’t be, it’s a tiny amount that can not harm you.

Gold Fillings

Gold Fillings

Gold fillings seem to be the strongest and best material. It is easily inserted and forms well inside your cavity. This makes your tooth strong enough to handle the pressure that comes with chewing.

Typically, these fillings are made from a mixture of:

  • Gold
  •  Silver
  • Copper

As you can imagine, this option could be pretty pricey but will have the longest-lasting results. Unfortunately, choosing the gold option will mean that you will need to go for two appointments.

During your first appointment, your dentist will take a mold of your tooth. Then, the mold will be sent away to be manufactured. Once your filling is ready, you will be called back for a second appointment where the dentist will place it.

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Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings

The natural look is always better, and you can achieve this with composite fillings. Also known as white fillings, and are created from a quartz or glass resin.

It has to be inserted in layers but can be done in one appointment. After each layer is applied, your dentist will use a special light to harden them.

Once the layers have been added, the dentist will buffer any rough patches to ensure a natural and smooth look and feel.

Porcelain Fillings

Porcelain fillings are either made in-office or at a lab.

Porcelain Fillings

Dentistry has made significant improvements over the years, and these fillings are powerful enough to support your tooth for a long time. There are also combinations of porcelain and metal options available, which are very common.

They can be a bit pricey but not as expensive as the gold option. Depending on what your dentist offers, you can have them applied in one visit to make the filling in-office.

Some dentists do not offer this service so that you will need two appointments. The first appointment is for creating an impression of your tooth which will be sent to a laboratory where they are made. On your second appointment, the dentist will install your filling.

Glass Ionomer Fillings

This is a minor effective filling available. These teeth fillers are frail, and most dentists will not recommend them. The only time they are used is when there are no other options available. Usually, they are used as a temporary option until a more permanent and resilient filling can be placed.

Do Fillings Need to be Replaced?

Yes, fillings do need to be replaced. Although they are designed to last for long periods, they do not last forever.

The duration of your filling will depend on what type you get. For example, gold, amalgam, and porcelain fillings can last 15 – 20 years, depending on how well they were installed and cared for.

With modern technology, most fillings should last up to 10 years. Still, sometimes they need to be replaced before then, as they can loosen or dislodge, primarily if they are located in your incisors or canines due to biting into food.

You might also notice that your fillings are starting to stain, and you can have them replaced for aesthetic purposes.

When Should my Fillings be Replaced?

If your fillings start to change color, or you are experiencing pain in a tooth that has been filled, you should see your dentist as it is time to have your filling replaced.

Other signs will include:

  • If your filling is loose and moving around
  • If they break or you see a crack
  • If your tooth is feeling course, it should be smooth
  • Dark-colored spots or holes
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain when biting
  • Toothache

It is recommended that you should visit your dentist at least twice a year for a routine inspection. You will be examined to ensure your fillings are still intact, and sometimes X-rays will be taken to ensure there is no decay hiding beneath them.

Should you experience any of these symptoms, it is essential to get to a dentist as soon as possible to ensure no further discomfort or damage to your tooth.

Do Fillings Hurt?

When getting a dental filling, the area around the affected tooth will be numbed, so you should not feel anything. However, some people do experience a little discomfort once the numbing agent wears off.

It is advised to stay away from foods and beverages that are too hot or cold. This will increase the pain once it hits your tooth. However, this sensation will only last for a short time, and you will be able to enjoy your favorite meals/drinks again.

You can take supplements like Eugenol that will help with swelling and inflammation around the affected tooth. You can find these helpful supplements at your local pharmacy.

How Much Does Tooth filling Cost?

The amount you need to spend will depend on what type of filling you choose; some are more expensive than others.

  • Amalgam Filling

The price can range from $50-$150 for a single filling.

  • White or Tooth-Colored Composite Filling

This option can set you back $90-$250 per filling.

  • God or Porcelain fillings

These are the most expensive option you can choose and will cost $250-$4500 per filling. It is tough to predict the cost of fillings due to factors like how hard the filling is to reach and any excess work that needs to be done.

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Temporary Fillings

Temporary Fillings

Temporary fillings are installed when your tooth is susceptible to healing the nerve before a permanent one is placed. Once your tooth has healed, your dentist will re-evaluate the tooth to ensure no further action needs to be taken, like having a root canal done.

What are they made of?

Temporary fillings are made of materials that are not meant to last, making them easier to remove. These fillings are made from:

  • Zinc Oxide Eugenol
  • Cavit
  • Glass ionomers
  • Intermediate restorative materials

Temporary fillings do not look the same as the permanent options made to blend with your natural teeth. Their shading is different, and you can expect colors like:

  • Bright white
  • Light gray
  • White with a blue hue
  • Light pink

Luckily they are only temporary, and you can expect a more natural look once your permanent fillings are positioned.

How Long do They Last?

Temporary fillings will break down after time, so it is essential to have permanent ones placed as soon as possible. If they are not replaced, they will deteriorate, causing them to break or dislodge.

Their exact life span will vary depending on what material is used. Generally, they can last for weeks or even a few months. Your dentist should inform you about how long they last and when you need to make a second appointment to place the permanent option.

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FAQs

Dental fillings are materials used to fill cavities in your teeth caused by tooth decay. They can also be used to fix and strengthen broken, cracked, or degraded teeth.

The duration of your filling will depend on what type you get. For example, gold, amalgam, and porcelain fillings can last up to 15 – 20 years, depending on how well they were installed and cared for.

With modern technology, most fillings should last up to 10 years. Still, sometimes they need to be replaced before then, as they can loosen or dislodge, primarily if they are located in your incisors or canines due to biting into food.

Amalgam Fillings can range from $50-$150 per filling, white or tooth-colored composite Fillings, $90-$250 per filling, and gold or porcelain fillings will cost $250-$4500 per filling.

The most well-known fillings are amalgam, composite, gold, and porcelain.

Temporary fillings are installed when your tooth is susceptible to allow the nerve to heal before a permanent one is placed. Once your tooth has healed, your dentist will re-evaluate the tooth to ensure no further action needs to be taken, like having a root canal done.

When getting a dental filling, the area around the affected tooth will be numbed, so you should not feel anything. However, some people do experience a little discomfort once the numbing agent wears off.

Their exact life span will vary depending on what materials are used. Generally, they can last for weeks or even a few months.

The most popular dental filling material is composite. They contain quartz or glass resin, making them solid and durable.

The natural look is always better, and you can achieve this with composite fillings. Also known as white fillings, and are made from quartz or glass resin.

Composite fillings are the safest filling material to use. They are made from quartz or glass resin and will blend in with your natural teeth.

During the appointment, your dentist will clean out the areas in your tooth that have decay. Once the cavity is completely clean, a filling is inserted, which will act as your tooth structure. He will then smooth out any rough patches for a more natural look and feel.

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