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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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 icliniq.com.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 worry. You can ...  Read Full »

Please give me solutions to prevent dental cavities.

Query: Hello doctor, My age is 18 years. I had a root canal last year. I have many cavities in my teeth. I brush three times a day nicely then also cavities grow up and come on other teeth. Please tell me any of your solutions.   Read Full »


Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have been through your query and I can understand your concern. The cavities (caries) have many causes to occur in the mouth. And overall cleaning with proper technique of brushing and flossing is essential to maintain good oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene with reg...  Read Full »

I have a tooth with small stains next to the filled tooth. Are they cavities?

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached the photos of my teeth. The tooth, which is next to the tooth with a filling, has some small stains. What are these little stains? Are they cavities? This tooth often feels sensitive and at times hurts when I floss if I have food stuck between my teeth. I am on birth contr...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The stain does not seem to be a cavity by seeing the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Sensitivity and pain while flossing seems to occur due to the deep filling and food impaction between those teeth. Also, the two metal filling are ...  Read Full »

My filled tooth hurts while drinking cold stuff. What could be done?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33 year old female. I got my cavity filled two days back. Now, it hurts when I drink cold stuff. Is there anything I can do?  Read Full »


Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are a few things I would like to ask: Did you have a sensitivity to cold even before getting your tooth filled? What kind of filling have you got? Is it a silver filling or a tooth-colored filling? Sometimes, patients do experience this type of sensitivity afte...  Read Full »

How can dental plaque and sore gums be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, My gums are feeling sore. I have a phobia of dentists, and I have a very bad plaque on the bottom of my back teeth. Previously I have had fillings on the back of my teeth. Now I can feel a part is about to fall, and I am scared that I may lose my teeth. Please help.   Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You do not need to be worried or scared about seeing dentists. Like any other doctor, they treat people for their good health and good lifestyle. Your teeth are really in bad condition. This is not a plaque; it is calculus. It is a hard deposit of plaque and food...  Read Full »

My gums are swollen, and I have a cavity. How can I treat it without going to the dentist?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 15 years old, and I have noticed an orange substance building up on some of my teeth. My gums are swollen. There is a cavity in my canine tooth, and I wondered if there was any way I could fix it without going to a dentist because my family is very poor. So, would you recommend a...  Read Full »


Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Debris is getting deposited onto the tooth surface. The gums are inflamed due to the debris. Brush your tooth twice daily. Rinse your mouth after every meal. I suggest you get your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist. The cavity on the tooth surface is a cervical abr...  Read Full »

Is it safe to get an RCT for a 2.5-year-old kid's teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, My 2.5 years old son has problem in four teeth (front, above) and doctors are suggesting for RCT (Root Canal Treatment). I have attached the pictures with this query (attachment removed to protect the identity). Here are my questions: Can RCT (Root Canal Treatment) be done for a 2.5...  Read Full »


Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Thanks for attaching the pictures. Now I can answer your query in detail: This clinical picture represents a case of 'Nursing Bottle Caries'. That means, kids who take milk feed while sleeping or have the habit of keeping feeder in mouth for long and then sleep without brushing develop this typ...  Read Full »

Why do I have tooth decay in spite of brushing twice?

Query: Hello doctor, All my lower back teeth have started to decay. I brush my teeth twice daily, morning and before sleep. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Praveena Borra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like you to go to your nearby dentist and get it confirmed if it is decay or stains. If it is decay, then your dentist might suggest you get some dental fillings done. If it is just stains that you are noticing, then the stains could be removed by dental scalin...  Read Full »

Are there any alternate options to root canal treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband has been told he needs a root canal on two of his teeth. He has had seven root canals in his life and then crowns on those teeth. He is 49 and has now lost all of the teeth that he had root canals and crowns on. He has problems with the crowns. They tell him he has a small ...  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If his teeth need a root canal treatment, the best way to save them will be to get the teeth capped. Root canal treated teeth become fragile and needs to be capped without fail. For a proper treatment, after getting a root canal treatment done, I suggest you consult a...  Read Full »

Can my tooth cavity be cured by filling?

Query: Hi doctor, I got my dental checkup done recently. A small cavity was observed on the side of my tooth between two teeth. I am attaching a photo of the x-ray. Please check the second upper tooth from the left in the x-ray. Also, let me know if this can be cured by filling?   Read Full »


Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I checked the x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, this can be cured by restoration.  Read Full »

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