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Stop tooth decay in it’s tracks.

What is a dental filling?

Dental fillings are dental materials which can repair, restore your carious teeth. A dental filling is needed in case of early dental caries. Not just cavities, but fillings can restore your smile too.
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A dental filling is needed in case of :
  • Early dental
  • cavities Chipped/broken or fractured tooth
  • Improving aesthetics
  • Correcting gaps in between front teeth
You may experience the following which are indicators that you need a dental filling :
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Black spots
  • Food getting stuck
  • Floss gets frayed after use
Depending on the material different dental fillings are available like :
  • Amalgam filling – Silver amalgam fillings have been the choice of dental filling for many years now. They can be used as a filling material for posterior teeth. These are not aesthetic due to their colour, they are not used as filling material for anterior (front) teeth
  • Composite fillings – Direct composite dental fillings are the go-to material due to many of the advantages it provides. Being tooth coloured, they are the main choice for fillings in the anterior (front ) teeth. Depending on the need, other white (tooth -coloured) restorations are recommended like the following
  • Inlays – Inlays are indirect restorations made in a dental laboratory. The tooth which has a large cavity is cleaned and prepared to receive an inlay. An impression is taken and sent to a laboratory. The prepared inlay is then fixed on the tooth.
  • Onlays – Onlays are indirect restorations made in a dental laboratory. Onlay is a preferred choice for a tooth with a large cavity involving a cusp or with extensive loss of tooth structure. Onlays made of porcelain or zirconia, give the added strength to the filling.
Maintenance efforts form the basis of long lasting results
  • Brush your teeth two times a day and floss once a day
  • Gargle with water after every meal.
  • Avoid eating sticky foods and hard substances with the teeth having dental fillings.
  • Visit your dentist regularly every 6 months for a routine dental check up.