Dental Fillings

Dental fillings or restorations are used to treat tooth cavities. The dentist removes the decayed part of the tooth cavity and fills it with dental fillings, which are biocompatible. The common materials used as dental fillings are amalgams (silver fillings), composite fillings, ceramic fillings, and glass ionomer fillings.

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Why does my tooth hurt for four months with bad breath after a tooth filling?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a tooth filling before putting on some braces, but the tooth keeps hurting four months after the filling, and my breath smells bad as before the decay to the point that my pillows also smells bad now.   Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Good evening sir. I hope you are well. Thank you for approaching icliniq. I saw your query. I will help you to solve the issue. Bad breaths may be due to dental caries, and fillings can be done with dental braces. So do not worry. Take an orthopantomogram and che...  Read Full »

After filling my upper two teeth, I have sharp pain over them. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, About a month ago, I went to get a filling on my bottom tooth. The dentist noticed two small holes in my top teeth. So, she filled them. Since then, I have had nothing but sharp tooth pains, and have not been able to eat. What can I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A sharp pain in a filled tooth can indicate a few possible problems: A high point, due to over-filling. Your teeth will contact earlier in that tooth, leading to a lot of pressure on that tooth. A leakage in the filling, especially if it is a composite (tooth colored) ...  Read Full »

How to treat bad breath permanently?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from bad breath. Bad smell prevails after I brush my teeth or clean my tongue. I want to get rid of it. Is there any permanent solution?  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Bad breath can be due to many reasons. One of the most common reasons is poor oral hygiene. Despite brushing well, there is some deposit of tartar (calculus) and plaque over a period. You should get a regular clean up (scaling - once a year) done by a dent...  Read Full »

Is it safe to get silver fillings for my cavity?

Query: Hi doctor,  I recently had my tooth cavity filled with a silver filling. I read on the internet that silver fillings are toxic to human kind. Please suggest what I can do. Shall I get it removed, and replaced with some other material that is not hazardous?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Dentists have started to avoid using silver fillings. The only hazardous substance in an amalgam (silver) filling is mercury. But that too is not reactive with the human tissue. If you still wish to get it removed, get it replaced by a composite feeling. Take care. For...  Read Full »

My 4-year-old daughter has an infected tooth with pain. Does it require extraction?

Query: Hello doctor,My 4 year old daughter got a cavity filled a month back. But now, she is complaining that the same tooth is paining, and there is a big swelling around the infected tooth. So, we went to the dentist, who gave her antibiotics for seven days. He wants to extract the infected tooth, and he...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to At 4 years, we never advise getting the tooth extracted. If the tooth is infected, we perform a procedure called as pulpectomy. Here we remove the infected portion of the pulp, and replace it with a filling or place a small crown to save the tooth until the patient is...  Read Full »

What are the causes of pain in a restored tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my filling two years back on my left wisdom tooth. It was in the center and a deeper cavity, near to the pulp. One year back, I had pain and consulted the doctor. She told me that I was not infected and gave me some medication. I did not have the drug, and I believed I could man...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per your case history, if there is slight or severe pain, it indicates infection. But there are two possibilities. The first one is filling may be defective, or it has undergone some wear and tear, due to which there may be a gap that is causing fluids to pass and ca...  Read Full »

Do I need anesthesia before a filling procedure?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a temporary filling for a deep cavity in the wisdom tooth. I have experienced extreme pain, and the dentist did not stop when prompted. Should I have been given a painkiller or anesthesia to numb the pain? Before the filling, I was not in pain, could drink cold water and eat withou...  Read Full »

Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. All filling procedures do not require numbness before the treatment. Root canal treatment needs the tooth and associated gums to be anaesthetised. The depth of the cavity prepared in the tooth indicates whether ...  Read Full »

Is it common to have altered bite and increased sensitivity after dental fillings?

Query: Hi doctor, My dentist fixed two fillings in my upper back teeth. As my bite was different and I had sensitivity, I went back to the dentist, and the doctor fixed it. She said she needed to shave most of the fillings because I had a very heavy bite. After a month, I still feel few sensitivities thou...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern and worry. But from the things you have explained to me, I believe your dentist is very skilled and did the most exact treatment that could be done. The sensitivity that you are still complaining of might be due to shaving off the tooth structure a...  Read Full »

My 2-year-old son's teeth remain exposed and sensitive to cold drinks. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 2 year old son, who was born through a c-section. One out of his six teeth is actively disintegrating. The enamel has come off, and the inner part of the tooth is exposed and sensitive to cold drinks. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Arora

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The symptoms look like that of an early childhood caries (nursing bottle caries), which is commonly due to more sweet in the baby's diet and poor maintenance of oral hygiene. I would suggest you take an OPG (orthopantomography), an x-ray of all the teeth. The treatment...  Read Full »

What does black discoloration with a hole on the surface of the tooth indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I have black discoloration on the surface of a molar. It feels like a hole when I check with my tongue. Do I need a filling? How soon should it be treated? It is hard to get an appointment due to COVID. Please guide me.  Read Full »

Dr. Shreehari K U

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A hole signifies that you have got caries. You might have food lodgement at the site too. I would suggest you get an X-ray to determine the extent of caries involved, and I will decide whether you need the treatment or not for the time being. Could you please get bac...  Read Full »

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