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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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 like 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 cau...  Read Full »


Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 dent...  Read Full »

My tooth is sensitive and painful after getting 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. Geeth Sadasivam

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

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. Geeth Sadasivam

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 be...  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

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

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 touching ...  Read Full »

Is extraction advisable for shooting tooth pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I have got problems with four different teeth. My front tooth is extremely sensitive and painful most of the time. A molar has had a deep filling that was done about a month and a half ago. Still, it hurts, and my dentist said it is nothing to worry. It feels as if shooting pains and some...  Read Full »


Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just have gone through the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). For the front teeth, get a radiograph done. Maybe there is some trauma to the tooth and it requires root canal treatment. For deeply filling tooth, if the pain is there, then that can be...  Read Full »

How does immediate intake of cold water affect the tooth filling?

Query: Hi doctor, I went to the dentist. She told me that she would fill three teeth. But she found another decay in my canine tooth and filled it without telling me. There was no dark spot or anything on the tooth. I started to have sensitivity on that tooth after drinking cold or hot stuff and if I chew...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Dentist, Periodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Drinking a liquid or eating a solid food after a composite filling has no effect on the restoration. If you feel any sensitivity, then there can be a pulpal exposure or a over filling. In both the cases, X-ray has to be taken. So, I suggest you to share the X-ray to con...  Read Full »

What causes sharp pain in the tooth after a dental filling?

Query: Hi doctor, I had two deep fillings a few days ago. Two days later, I started having minor toothache and sensitivity. Nowadays, I am getting occasional sharp pain and it lasts just for a second. Is this normal?  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As the cavity was very deep, the pulp of those teeth might be infected. If the pain increases or some swelling arises, then show to the dentist as soon as possible. Such teeth might need root canal treatment. If the sensitivity and pain is very mild, then it may be du...  Read Full »

Is it possible to fill the adjacent tooth without extracting the wisdom tooth?

Query: Hello doctor,My wife's dentist says that my wife has to get a tooth pulled in order for him to do dental work on my wife's adjacent tooth. My wife lost a piece of a filling and the dentist says he needs to take out the remaining filling, and then re-fill it. But in order to do that, he needs to pull...  Read Full »


Dr. Divya Banu M

Dentist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? First of all, there is nothing to worry. I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The tooth that the dentist is mentioning for removal is the upper wisdom tooth. It has not erupted completely. The age for its erup...  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

Dentist

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 »

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

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 teeth, whi...  Read Full »

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