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DENTAL FILLINGS

DENTAL FILLINGS

DENTAL FILLINGS

Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures performed worldwide. They are used to restore damaged or decayed teeth and prevent further decay. Dental fillings are made up of different materials, and the choice of material depends on the location of the tooth, the extent of damage, and the patient’s preference.

In this article, we will discuss dental fillings in detail, covering the types of dental fillings available, the process of getting a filling, and the benefits and risks associated with dental fillings.

1. Types of Dental Fillings

There are several types of dental fillings available, including: Direct fillings and indirect filling

1.1. Direct filling

Direct filling is small filling and can be done in 1 appointment

1.1.1. Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are made of metal alloys, including silver, tin, copper, and mercury. Amalgam fillings are durable, long-lasting, and cost-effective. However, they are not aesthetically pleasing, and some people may be concerned about mercury content.

amalgam-filling

Amalgam filling

1.1.2. Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are made of plastic and glass. They are tooth-colored and blend in with natural teeth, making them a popular choice for visible teeth. Composite fillings are less durable than amalgam fillings and may need to be replaced more frequently.

Composite filling vs Amalgam filling

Amalgam filling vs Composite filling

1.2. Indirect filling

Big filling, use under thhe indication from dentist, need at least 2 appointmennts to finish.

1.2.1. Ceramic Fillings

Ceramic fillings are made of porcelain and are tooth-colored. They are durable, long-lasting, and aesthetically pleasing. However, they are more expensive than other types of fillings.

1.2.2. Metal Fillings

Metal fillings are made of gold, copper, and other metals. suchh as Titanium or Chrome-Cobalt They are durable, long-lasting, and aesthetically pleasing. However, gold filling is the most expensive type of filling.

Ceramic inlay - onlay

Ceramic inlay – onlay

gold inlay-onlay (gold filling)

Gold inlay-onlay (gold filling)

 

2. The Process of Getting a Filling

A Direct filling is a straightforward procedure that can be completed in one dental visit. The process involves the following steps:

  1. Numbing the Area: The dentist will use a local anesthetic ( if necessary) to numb the area around the tooth
  2. Removing the Decay: The dentist will use a drill or laser to remove the decayed part of the tooth.
  3. Cleaning the Cavity: The dentist will clean the cavity to remove debris or bacteria.
  4. Filling the Cavity: The dentist will fill the cavity with the chosen filling material and shape it to fit the tooth.
  5. Polishing the Filling: The dentist will polish the filling to make it smooth and blend in with the natural teeth.

An Indirect filling is 2 appointments – procedure.  The process involves the following steps:

First appointment:

  1. Numbing the Area: The dentist will use a local anesthetic ( if necessary) to numb the area around the to the tooth
  2. Removing the Decay: The dentist will use a drill or laser to remove the decayed part of the tooth.
  3. Cleaning the Cavity: The dentist will clean the cavity to remove debris or bacteria.
  4. Take the impression: The dentist will take impression with the impression material so the lab can have the shape of the prepared cavity and work on it
  5. Filling the Cavity: The dentist will fill the cavity with the temporary material

Second appointment:

The dentist will try in the filling in order to make sure it fit well and set up with dental cement.

3. Benefits of Dental Fillings

Dental fillings offer several benefits, including:

  1. Restoring the Tooth: Dental fillings help to restore the tooth’s function and prevent further decay or damage.
  2. Aesthetic: Tooth-colored fillings blend with natural teeth, making them popular for visible teeth.
  3. Cost-effective: Some fillings, such as amalgam fillings, are cost-effective.
  4. Long-lasting: Dental fillings can last many years with proper care and maintenance.

4. What would be the cost I have to pay for dental filling approximately?

The cost of dental fillings can vary widely depending on several factors, such as the severity of the decay, the filling material used, the dentist’s location, and whether or not you have dental insurance.

On average,  filling can cost between $25 to $1000 for a single to two-surface filling. Composite (tooth-colored) fillings can cost between $25 to $50 for a single, two-surface filling. Gold fillings are the most expensive, costing anywhere from $500 to $1500 per tooth.

If you have dental insurance, your coverage may cover a percentage of the fillings cost, typically between 50% and 80%, depending on your policy.

However, it’s important to note that these are just average costs, which can vary. It’s recommended to check with your local dentist for a more accurate estimate based on your specific needs.

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