Dental Fillings

Posted on : 26-12-2014 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dental Implants

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Tooth Decay destroys the tooth and holes are created in it, called cavities. These cavities may be the house of bacteria and create problems. These cavities should be filled in order to avoid further problem. Data filling is the method in which holes in teeth are filled with some material.

Dental Fillings


Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings are the most common dental procedures. Filling is done using different materials. Earlier, metal fillings were common, like gold and silver. Now a days, diverse range of dental fillings are available.

Amalgam fillings are the traditional type of fillings. These are normally in black colour. They are amalgam (mixture) of different metals. These metals may be tin, copper, silver and mercury. Amalgams are not visually pleasing, but they are very durable. They can survive for long time without breaking down or coming loose. Dentist can suggest the best suitable filling material for your teeth. So, always follow the advice of dentist, rather than your own preferences.


Before Dental filling procedure, tooth and nearby damaged area is restored. Decay is removed and area is cleansed to remove bacteria or debris before the restoration is completed.

Composite filling procedure is started with the isolation of the tooth. Tooth isolation is significant in a composite restoration, as it prevents moisture from interfering with the bonding process. The bonding procedure requires the placement of adhesives and the composite material, which is then hardened with a special bonding light. The completed composite restoration is both functional and natural looking.


  • After the cavity has been filled, it is important to prevent decay to form under or around the filling, or in other teeth.
  • Routine check-ups and teeth cleanings, if needed, is also necessary.
    Brushing twice a day and flossing with dental floss will help reduce the chances of cavity.
  • It is also important to maintain a balanced diet and limit the intake of sugar rich foods and drinks.
  • Dentist may suggest sealants that can be placed over molars to prevent build-up of plaque and decay. Fluoride mouth rinse may also be used as preventive measure.

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