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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 have cavities despite good oral hygiene measures. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have done proper dental care as followed by norms since childhood but was diagnosed with two root canals when I was 15, only one root canal had reached the surface. Now I am 18, and my recent visit to a dentist revealed that I have six cavities building up (one of my root canals has...  Read Full »

Dr. Srinivas Saketh. G

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Teeth having multiple cavities suggests improper maintenance. It could either be due to improper brushing or too much of sticky food or a hereditary feature. You need to just visit your dentist and get to know the correct way of brushing and also have a meticulously...  Read Full »

A small part of molar tooth fell out while having dinner. How to manage it?

Query: Hi doctor, I ate my dinner yesterday, and a bit of my molar tooth fell out from my mouth. I do not know whether it is a filling or an actual tooth. Around the area, I also had a lot of solid white bumps sticking out of the tooth. It looked like plaques. I am scared of dentists. I do not know what t...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It can be a fractured crown of the tooth due to a cavity. You should get an X-ray done to know whether it needs root canal treatment or it needs a simple filling. Please send a picture of it to guide you further and to make a diagnosis. It is better to get it filled as ...  Read Full »

I felt a sharp pain in my filled molar on taking cold drinks. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my two back molars on the top left side of my mouth filled about three weeks ago and after a few days, everything was fine. No pain, nothing. But a few days ago, I realized that every time I drink hot, cold, and sometimes even room temperature liquids there is a sharp almost pie...  Read Full »

Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First, get a radiograph done for those two teeth, it will tell the status of your teeth. Sometimes, if the filling is high, you experience pain. The filling might be fractured. The nerve exposure means caries has reached till the pulpal horn. Parts of teeth: Enamel...  Read Full »

Is GA necessary for dental procedures on a 2.6-year-old?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 2.6 years old. His four front teeth look black now. The enamel did not form in the front teeth when it erupted. Also, the molars have very deep cavity as can be seen in the image and there are other small cavities too. His teeth were crooked and got decayed so fast. The pedodont...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is no need for such procedure at this age. The front four teeth will usually never cause any pain to the child, but it has to remain there to maintain the space till the permanent teeth come in its space. So, leave the front four teeth as it is. The molar tee...  Read Full »

I am terrified of dentists and needles, but I have to get some fillings done. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am terrified of dentists and needles. My front tooth is decaying. Please check the photo. There is a hole in the back and black marks on the front. Also, I need fillings to other teeth. Kindly advise me.  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, I would like to tell you that there is nothing to be fearful about dentists. You will be given 100% care during your every visit. You have just to understand the fact that it is your oral problem, which is being corrected and co-operate for that. You will ...  Read Full »

I have jaw pain and sore throat post dental filling. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I may have an abscess and I am worried about going into the dentist because of the coronavirus. Currently, I am experiencing an achy jaw and ear congestion on one side, a slightly stiff neck, and a mild sore throat. This comes before one month after a filling repair, and two weeks afte...  Read Full »

Dr. Wajid Hassan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand the fear you have not to go to the dentist but please do not risk your health because of the fear of coronavirus. There are precautions to that and the dentist will also be taking precautions as the state has already issued guidelines for the doctors...  Read Full »

I have a small hole in the middle of my tooth. What to 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. Inves...  Read Full »

My tooth is sensitive and painful after a filling. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I got a new filling (white), and the dentist removed my old silver ones. Now, my tooth is sensitive, and I feel like air going up and down on the tooth. I am getting pain whenever I bite down. Why? What is wrong here?  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There will be definitely some sensitivity felt after the replacement of old silver fillings to new tooth colored ones. There is a micro shrinkage that happens after the white material is placed into the old and refined cavity. This is the physics behind your sensitivity...  Read Full »

What can be done to bring down swelling associated with tooth pain and dislodged filling?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past three days, I have had severe tooth pain and swelling. My filling fell out and it has started to decay to the point that I only have half a tooth and a giant hole where food is constantly getting stuck. The swelling is so bad I can only describe it as it looks as if I am h...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurav Kumar Pandey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is a swelling. It means that it still has an infection. Please do not use a warm application in infection side. You need a dental check up as soon as possible. Your dentist will take an X-ray and see the infected area after he or she decides treatment (either r...  Read Full »

Tooth filling got chipped off and now I have sensitivity. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had braces and got them off and two tooth (upper left, last two) had a gap. My dentist said my filling also chipped from the removal and decided to redo the filling. Afterwards I experienced pain. Like sharp pain from eating hard things like chips, grainy things that went into the g...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If only that particular tooth is being sensitive and no other, then the best for you may be going through the root canal treatment. The teeth may have been grinded down due to successive refilling and may now be very close to nerve. Sometimes using a strong toothpast...  Read Full »

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