Dental Filling is the repair of damaged or smashed teeth and returning them to their normal state by applying special technique and materials.
During the procedure, our dentist first removes the humus, cleans the damaged area, and then injects the filling into the cavity. The filler not only prevents the teeth from being infected by bacteria, but also prevents the teeth from further spoiling.
To maintain good fillings results, you should follow good oral hygiene – visiting our dentist regularly for cleanings, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and using an antibacterial mouthwash at least once daily.
Type of Fillings Materials
- Amalgam Fillings - Combination of composite metal such as mercury, alloys. May turn black when oxidized
- Composite Fillings - Made of composite resins or quartz fillers. High colors matching and esthetics value
- Ceramic Fillings - Made of porcelain layers, custom milled by dental laboratories. Extremely high color matching but expensive
- Glass Ionomer Fillings - Mixture of acrylic and glass, trigger releasing of fluoride to protect teeth. Less color matching but useful in temporary restoration.
Frequently Asked Question
How long is the treatment duration?
Dental Fillings may take up to 30 – 45 minutes or more depends on the amount of fillings surface required and complexity involved.
What is the fillings process?
During your visitation, dentist will access your cavities and remove the necrotic tooth tissues and clean up the surrounding area. After thorough cleaning and disinfecting, a new fillers will be injected into the cavity and light cured to harden it.
Which type of fillers materials best for me?
The filler used will vary depending on the individual. To determine the proper filler, factors that must be considered include how the tooth is damaged, whether you are allergic to certain fillers, the parts of the tooth that need to be repaired, and the cost.
Can severely damaged tooth be fixed through fillings?
If your tooth is extensively damaged due to decay or rupture, it is recommended to choose crown restoration. However pre-treatment such as X-Ray and Root Canal treatment may be prior carried out if the decayed tooth has close proximity to inner nerve. This step is to reduce possible hyper-sensitive or pain after crown capping and extend the lifespan of your treated tooth.
Eww, my fillings has turned black! Why is that?
These fillings are most likely amalgam – mercury silver fillings. They are turning black due to oxidation or corrosion by reacting with surrounding air and saliva. They can be partially restored by polishing or replaced with composite resins fillings that are both aesthetically beautiful and durable too.