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 a tooth filled with a file broken inside it. What are the side effects?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a tooth filled. Unfortunately, a file was broken inside the filled tooth. What are the side effects? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. The broken file left inside the root canal is a common mishap. It will be removed in most cases, but sometimes it may be quite challenging to remove because of its poor accessibility and visibility. The file will be bypassed in such situati...  Read Full »

I had four fillings in my teeth, and I am getting a root canal for another one. How to maintain oral hygiene?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old, and I have had four fillings due to severe decays; and I will be getting a root canal on another tooth. Also, I am getting two teeth removed. I am very scared, and right now, I believe my teeth are messed up and can never change. Do you have any advice on how I can l...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurav Pandey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry, and I appreciate that you are so careful about your oral health. The first thing is maintaining your oral hygiene is key to your oral health. Brushing your teeth twice with proper brushing technique, one-time flossing, changing your brush at least every...  Read Full »

Why do I feel roughness on the sides of the tooth after getting a cavity filling?

Query: Hi doctor, I got a tooth filling done one day before and realized that the side felt rough and jagged. Is it normal to just leave it? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The fractured restoration can be due to biting hard food or incomplete curing during filling. If you want to fill the gap, you can restore it even though it is not an emergency condition. But you can postpone and maintain the small fractur...  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 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 s...  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 I checked the x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, this can be cured by restoration.  Read Full »

Should I be worried about getting some of my teeth filled?

Query: Hi doctor,I have to get a few fillings in my teeth. I would usually consider myself to have good teeth. Are fillings a bad thing? Are my teeth still fine? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A dentist does fillings. Fillings are good if they are done to close cavities or else bad. When you already have some cavities, which need to be restored to prevent infection from spreading deep into the teeth. Thank you.  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. ...  Read Full »

After doing filling, I have numbness in my tongue sometimes. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,For about a week, the right end of my tongue has been feeling just a little numb and swelling. It would come and go a little bit throughout the day. It does not hurt, but it is just annoying. Sometimes, I will rub the end of my tongue on my teeth, and I did not know if that would cause it ...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. You have mentioned that you are experiencing this kind of tongue numbness only for a week and also had a filling done recently. So, my question to you is, did you get any injections in the mouth during your d...  Read Full »

What is the reason for the enlarging black hole in my right upper molar?

Query: Hi doctor,I have attached pictures of a black hole in my right upper molar. It is enlarging in size, painful, and causes migraine daily. So I tried to remove the infected cusp. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Nazima Anjum

Answer: Hi,Welcome to the images attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it is suggestive of secondary caries or broken filling. Take an X-ray and do a root canal treatment if possible and replace it with a crown. If it is grossly decayed then it is better to extrac...  Read Full »

Can Valpalst partials, teeth bonding, or fluoride help reduce the sharp pain below the teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an intense shocking pain around the bottom two teeth from a partial denture with wires. My X-rays show no cavity. I suspect enamel erosion. I have only five teeth. Do you recommend Valplast partials, teeth bonding, using fluoride, or another option?   Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to have read through your complaint and the relevant details. You have mentioned that you have only five teeth remaining, out of which, the two lower ones are paining. So, I suspect it to be an enamel abrasion. There is a huge difference between erosion and abrasion. Ena...  Read Full »

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