Q. I have a small tooth cavity. Can it be cured by filling?

Answered by
Dr. Nivedita Dalmia
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan

Hi doctor,

I got my dental checkup done recently. A small cavity was observed on the side of my tooth between 2 teeth. I am attaching a photo of x-ray. Please check second upper tooth from left in the x-ray. Also let me know, if this can be cured by filling?

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Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

BDS
Dentistry

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I checked the x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity)

Yes, this can be cured by restoration.

Hi doctor,

Is it similar to dental filling. How long does it last?

Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

BDS
Dentistry

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Filling and restoration are the same thing, it is just two different terms used. There are different types of filling material that can be used. Sometimes, while removing the caries, the hole in the tooth looks too big, so we do temporary filling and call the patient after 2 weeks for permanent filling.

There are different types of permanent filling material such as silver amalgam, composite, etc. Amalgam is silverish black in color and composite is tooth colored. You cannot make out the filling that is done as it merges with the tooth. It is very difficult to say how long the filling will last, it depends upon the usage. But, the filling does not come out too soon.

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