A tooth filling is important to save the continuity of damaged teeth and maintain functionality of the teeth. Many tooth-filling materials are available in the market, including metal, plastic, glass, composite, porcelain, GIC, gold, ceramics, and amalgam. Some of these filling materials last 15 to 20 years (gold), And some last for 5 to 15 years (amalgam).
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How to manage a dislodged tooth filling with a lump in my gums?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a tooth filling that has come out, and woke with a white lump beneath it on gum, swollen lower face too on the other side of the site of lump. I had a dull, drumming pain during the night before. I rinsed with warm salt water this morning. Wondering if Flucloxacillin 500 mg whi... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your tooth is probably infected which has caused the white lump on your gums. The decay has gone inside the pulp, almost touching your nerve and there is infection beneath the root of your teeth which has caused this swelling. You will have to confirm the status of your t... Read Full »
I have been experiencing a headache due to pain in my left back-restored tooth for the past two days. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, My teeth have two black fillings that were placed at the same time. However, the left one has been aching for the past two days, and it hurts when I eat. This causes a permanent headache. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query, As per your history it seems to me that you are having apical periodontal damage, either because of the secondary caries or because of the pressure due to hard substance chewing. You need to get an X-ray done as soon as possible to rule out an... Read Full »
My dentist had cleaned the black spot in my teeth that has been there for eight years but did not fill it. Please advise.
Query: Hello doctor, I just went to the dentist, and it turned out that I have had two black spots on my teeth. These have been there for eight years. They cleaned my teeth to stop it from spreading but did not fill it in. So I still have the black spots. They said if they fill it now, it will only get wor... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. You have not sent a picture with the question. In most cases, the dentist cleans the cavity and fills it immediately. And this is the universal method of cavity filling. I do not understand why your dentist refuses to f... Read Full »
I had tooth filling done and noticed gray and white spots on my inner cheek. What could it be?
Query: Hello doctor,After receiving a filling, I noticed gray and white spots on my inner cheek. However, I am not sure if it is a serious issue. Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. I am a maxillofacial surgeon and will give you your answer. Read Full »
I had a filling done on my left upper first molar tooth, which is extremely painful sometimes. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old, and a year ago, I had a filling done on my left upper first molar tooth. It was sensitive for a couple of weeks, but then I was fine. Six months later, I was in excruciating pain that was throbbing and achy. After a week, it was back to normal. Then, after another ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I think you urgently need to take an X-ray of the tooth. Sometimes even the already restored teeth get further infected due to leakage or food lodgement. This develops sensitivity and pain. The pain will be felt only when that specific pulp... Read Full »
I have some old fillings in my mouth and have a light metallic taste on that side of my mouth. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I have some old fillings in my mouth. Recently I have discovered a light metallic taste from that side of my mouth. It is not very strong but tastes metallic or a bit salty. I looked in that area, and they seem worn down and do not have the shine. They also seem to be a few chipped of... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your question I can understand your concern. You mean you had a silver amalgam filling done in your teeth. It will not leach in such a manner. Yes, when chipping, it may taste like metal, but the continuous is not possible. There are certain ... Read Full »
My son's dentist recommended filling his molars because the fissures are very deep. Is it good for the teeth?
Query: Hello doctor, My son's dentist recommended filling his molars because they are very deep. But there is no cavity or other problem, and he takes good care of his teeth. So it is a preventive measure. But I am concerned about putting in a filling to prevent filling in the future. I worry about long-te... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Please trust the decision made by the dentist for your son. I suggest uploading a picture so that I can guide you properly. Sometimes the pits and fissures may be deep, making it vulnerable to caries. So in such cases, a filling might be r... Read Full »
I have cavities at the base of my top teeth, which are visible when I smile or speak. What are the options for treating them?
Query: Hello doctor,I have tooth decay at the base of my top teeth. I had depression a few years ago. I think it resulted from not brushing my teeth properly during that time. The base is now yellow and exposed. I believe the enamel is gone as well. I have no sensitivity or pain associated with those teeth... Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I read your query and understand your concern.You could go for cosmetic restorations for those teeth. The decayed part will be removed and replaced with a tooth-colored restorative material. If this is not possible, you can get veneers done for those teeth. Veneers are b... Read Full »
Should I get my cavity filled or my tooth extracted if the tooth infection has not reached the pulp?
Query: Hello doctor, I need another opinion for my tooth X-ray. The first doctor I went to told me I needed a root canal, but from what I saw on my X-ray, the cavity had not yet reached the pulp of my tooth. May I ask what I should do about it? Should I get the tooth extracted or get the tooth filled? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. As a dentist, we always try to preserve the natural tooth structure because no artificial structure can provide you with the same comfort and feel as the natural one. So, we not only do RCT (root canal treatment) wh... Read Full »
Why do I feel that my teeth are out of alignment after a piece behind my two front lower teeth broke off?
Query: Hello doctor, A few months ago, a triangular piece behind my two front lower teeth broke off due to decay. Since then, I have felt tightening of my teeth and that my upper and lower teeth are out of alignment. What will a dentist recommend for my teeth? Kindly suggest. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your complaint and the relevant details. The triangular piece of the teeth, which you see broken, should be because of tooth decay. It is one of the common areas where tooth decay occurs. The tightening that you feel is probably the sensitivity in the tee... Read Full »