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Dental Filling
Author: Hào Nghiêm
Review Date: August 6, 2018 | Last Modified: January 10, 2019
Dental Filling

Know the basics

1.  What is Dental Filling?

Dental Filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. Your dentist will consider a number of factors when choosing which type of filling material is best for you. There are different materials include:

  • Gold fillings: are made to order in a laboratory and then cemented into place. Gold inlays are well tolerated by gum tissues, and may last more than 20 years. For these reasons, many authorities consider gold the best filling material. However, it is often the most expensive choice and requires multiple visits.
  • Amalgam (silver) fillings: are resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive. However, due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not usually used in very visible areas, such as front teeth.
  • Composite (plastic) resins: are matched to be the same color as your teeth and therefore used where a natural appearance is desired. The ingredients are mixed and placed directly into the cavity, where they harden. Composites may not be the ideal material for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco, and do not last as long as other types of fillings generally from three to 10 years.
  • Porcelain fillings: are called inlays or onlays and are produced to order in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth and resist staining. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth. Their cost is similar to gold.

2. What is the purpose of Dental Filling?

The purpose of Dental Filling is to repair minor fractures or decay in the teeth, as a form of restorative dental treatment. Dental Filling also helps even out the surface of the tooth and improve the function of the jaw for biting and chewing.


1. When is Dental Filling needed?

Only your dentist can detect whether you have a cavity that needs Dental Filling.

2. Who are eligible for Dental Filling?

Good candidates for the Dental Fillings procedure include patients that have mild to moderate tooth decay. Patients with a seriously infected tooth may need a root canal and dental crown in order to restore the tooth back to health.

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The cost of Dental Filling is estimated from $12 to $55 in India and $24 to $45 in Thailand.

In Malaysia, Dental Filling is priced within the range of $12 to $37.

In Vietnam, the cost of Dental Filling in the dental clinics is about 1.500.000 – 5.000.000 VND (65 – 215 USD) per tooth.


1.  What should I do before Dental Filling?

Things you should do before your Dental Filling appointment:

  • Bring an up-to-date copy of any and all medical conditions you may currently have, and inform your dentist of recent changes in your diet and overall health.
  • Inform your doctor if you are nursing or pregnant
  • Stay comfortable and keep your mind at ease

2.  What should I do after Dental Filling?

After Dental Filling, you should:

  • Take pain medication if needed
  • Avoid food and beverages until the anesthetic wears off
  • Refrain from very hot and very cold foods and beverages
  • Steer clear from hard, chewy, or sticky foods
  • Chew on the opposite side of your mouth to the filling
  • Contact your dentist if you’re having any issues

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1.  How long does Dental Filling last?

The time duration for the Dental Filling procedure is about 30 to 60 minutes.

2.  How is the procedure of Dental Filling?

The first step in the Dental Filling procedure is to administer a local anesthetic so that the area around the affected tooth becomes numb, increasing the comfort of the patient throughout the procedure.

Next, the decayed or damaged tooth and its surrounding areas should be prepared for restoration. A dental handheld device or laser may be used to remove the damaged parts of the tooth. An acid gel is used to cleanse the area to remove any remaining bacteria or debris. The filling material is then applied to the area to fill the cavity.

The placing of a composite filling requires isolation of the affected tooth; this aims to prevent any interference by allowing moisture in the bonding process in the composite restoration. For this to occur, dentists place various adhesives before the composite material. The composite material can then be hardened with the use of a special bonding light.

Finally, the finished tooth can be polished to conclude the dental filling procedure.

3. What happens after the procedure?

After the procedure, you may experience some discomfort:

•   Pain after a dental filling

•   Pain in the teeth beside the tooth that received the filling

•   Sensitivity to air and to cold or hot food

•   Toothache

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Complications & Side Effects

1.  What complications could arise from Dental Filling?

Complications that could arise from dental filling include:

•   Infection

Sometimes a cavity filling will pull away from the tooth to which it is attached, creating a small space. This space can be a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause additional tooth decay. If you notice a space between your tooth and your cavity filling, visit a dentist as soon as possible.

•   Damage

Sometimes a cavity filling breaks, cracks, or falls out. Damage to a filling can occur when you bite down on something hard or if you are hit in the mouth while playing sports. See a dentist as soon as you notice damage to a cavity filling to avoid irritation and infection of the unprotected tooth.

2. What are the possible side effects of Dental Filling?

Some temporary side effects that may occur after dental filling:

•   Sensitivity to hot and cold food

•    Pain while biting

•   Silver amalgam’s possible risks; sensitivity and toothache

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