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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My dentist placed a small wooden object under a tooth filling. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, A dentist placed a small object in my tooth under the filling. It was a tiny square. He said it was similar to bamboo. It feels like heavy metal poisoning. He also claimed all my teeth had cavities after another dentist had just evaluated me. I also developed an infection around the si...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query, and you are suspicious of treatment done by a doctor. Certain materials can be used before filling, like: 1) Pins to support the restoration or filling. 2) Acrylic. Please send me the radiograph to address your concern properly. Thank you.  Read Full »

Are my lips raw and swollen due to allergy from tooth fillings?

Query: Hello doctor,I am having lots of problems with my mouth, and the VA clinic is struggling to help me. I am a 36-year-old male and have no significant health issues besides this. I am really struggling because my lips are constantly raw, peeling, and swollen. They also burn and hurt almost always. I h...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw your clinical picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). If I just look at your lips, it looks like severe cheilitis. Considering the history, I would like to rule out oral lichen planus. Amalgam is known to cause lichen planus. Check-in your mo...  Read Full »

I am on a cruise, and my dental restoration has partially come out. What can I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am on a cruise without any access to dental care. It feels like one of my fillings has come out partially. Not sure what to do. Any suggestions or care I can take to avoid it coming out completely? Thank you, doctor.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. 1. Avoid hard, spicy, hot, or cold foods on the concerned side. 2. Brush gently and rinse your mouth after every meal to prevent infection or food lodgement into the cavity space. Even if the filling comes out entirely, do not wo...  Read Full »

I have pain in my first molar. What is the treatment?

Query: Hi doctor,My first molar is paining. I am applying clove oil and had Aspirin. What is the treatment?  Read Full »

Dr. Osman Adam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the case and it seems you have an inflammation of the pulp tissue inside the tooth (the sensory area inside the molar). This condition is usually known as caries tooth, bacterial infection has broken the hard tissue of the outer layer of the molar a...  Read Full »

I broke a filling which gives me persistent tooth pain. Can I take the filling out by myself?

Query: Hello doctor,I broke a filling and had persistent tooth pain that did not allow me to sleep. Shall I take the filling out by myself?  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Do not worry. I suggest taking painkillers, such as Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, and Ketorol-DT. However, please consult the dentist, discuss with them and start taking the medications with their consent. Rinse mouth...  Read Full »

Is mercury from amalgam fillings poisonous?

Query: Hello doctor, A physician has recommended removal of all amalgam from my mouth because of concerns about mercury poisoning. Using a meter he was able to demonstrate current flows in my mouth which are the equivalent of electrolysis. Have concerns about mercury from amalgam been debunked?  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, amalgam carries mercury which is a key product to make filling for the mouth. Electrolysis happens and mercury is not healthy for oral health and general health too. We use amalgam as it has a good strength and it is one of the oldest material used for filling...  Read Full »

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. What to do?Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for consulting us at I went through your query and understood you concern. 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 c...  Read Full »

I have pain in the tooth even after it is filled. What is wrong with it?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the dentist three weeks ago and had some pain in my top molar and there turned out to be a cavity which I had filled and fixed but a few days later I started to feel the same pain in the tooth and went back to the dentist and he said he could not find anything wrong. I have t...  Read Full »

Dr. Akhil K P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The possible causes of pain in your teeth which are filled could be multiple. It can be due to a filling which is too close to the pulp (the live portion of the tooth). A restoration which irritates the pulp. An overfilled restoration. ...  Read Full »

I have a small hole in the middle of my tooth. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small hole in the middle of my tooth and the top of my tooth. I do not have any other symptoms. The only medication I am taking is a multivitamin. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the explanation, it looks like a tooth decay but does not look deep. So my suggestion is to consult a dentist and get evaluated and if the decay is superficial then filling of the tooth with a tooth-colored filling material will prevent further decaying. Investi...  Read Full »

A hole has started to develop in one of my upper teeth. What are my options?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 27 years old and have not seen a dentist since I was 18. I have a hole that has started to develop in one of my top teeth (although I have not experienced pain from it) and believe it is due to a cavity or gum disease. I use spitting tobacco and know I have other teeth issues. But...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your clinical images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, it is a cavity and not a gum problem. In medical terminology, it is called a class-V dental cavity. If it does not pain, it can be simply filled with a GIC (glass iono...  Read Full »

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