Dental filling is one of the most common solutions used to restore a decaying tooth. They are used to fill the teeth cavities that are formed as a result of decay caused by bacteria residing in the mouth. The purpose of a filling is to save a damaged tooth and restore its appearance and functionality instead of extracting it. The dentist first removes the decay, thoroughly cleans the affected area, and fills the cavity with a dental filling material. There are different types of filling material, and the type chosen for the treatment depends on the condition of the tooth.
It can be quite harmful to you to leave a decayed tooth untreated because the decay can reach the nerves causing you more pain. In that case, you will have to undergo root canal treatment. So, it is preferable to stop tooth decay on time by opting for dental fillings.
Table of Contents
- 1 Types of Dental Fillings
- 2 Benefits of Dental Fillings
- 3 Who are the Candidates?
- 4 How is the Treatment Performed?
- 5 Dental Filling Cost in Dubai
- 6 Our Dentists
- 7 Dental Fillings FAQs
- 8 Schedule A Consultation
Types of Dental Fillings
Only a dentist can recommend the most suitable type considering the extent of damage done to your tooth. Some of the common filling materials used for the treatment are;
They are a combination of metals like silver, mercury, tin, and copper, which makes them strong and hard-wearing. Amalgam fillings contain mercury, but when combined with other metals, the mercury forms a safe, stable compound. The FDA and ADA consider them safe for adults and children ages 6 and above.
They are quite durable and custom-made but more expensive. Also, they are not aesthetically suitable. Gold fillings often require at least two visits: one to prepare the tooth and create a mold, and another to place the filling.
They are composed of porcelain and are custom-made. Ceramic fillings are aesthetically pleasing and can be matched to the color of natural teeth, but they are not always indistinguishable from natural tooth material.
They are a mixture of resin and silica, giving a natural look due to their white color. Composite fillings are popular for their aesthetic appeal but are less durable than amalgam fillings, typically lasting 5-7 years.
Glass Ionomer Fillings
Such fillings are tooth-colored and are made up of glass components and acrylic. Glass ionomer fillings are often used for fillings below the gum line or in children, as they release fluoride, which can help prevent further decay. They are used in specific cases when other fillings are not suitable.
Benefits of Dental Fillings
The dental gap filling treatment has the following benefits for people with a decayed, broken, or cracked tooth.
- Restores the shape and function of a tooth.
- Ceases the decay and protects the tooth from further damage.
- It is a quick treatment.
- It has minimal side effects and has no downtime.
- There are minimal chances of allergic reactions.
Who are the Candidates?
Anybody with the following dental issues can be a good candidate for dental fillings in Dubai.
- If you have mild to moderate tooth decay.
- Decay under the filling, a broken filling, or wear.
How is the Treatment Performed?
- The tooth to be treated is examined, and the x-ray is done to determine the extent of the damage (depending on the extent of decay and the dentist’s assessment).
- Local anesthesia is typically used in most dental filling procedures to ensure patient comfort, especially when dealing with decay that is close to nerves.
- After this, the dentist will remove the decayed tooth structure and clean the affected area by using a drill, laser, or air abrasion.
- Once the tooth is completely clean and ready for filling, the dentist will place the dental filling material into the tooth carefully in the form of layers.
- A special light can also be used to cure the filling, and when the filling is in place, all the excess material is trimmed off. The use of a special light is specific to composite fillings, where it is used to harden the material.
- As a result, the tooth gets its original shape, and in the end, the filling is polished for a smoother tooth-like feel.
Dental Filling Cost in Dubai
The cost of dental fillings differs from patient to patient because it depends on variable factors. These factors include the type of filling being used, the condition of the tooth, expertise of the dentist, and the location of the clinic. The average starting cost of dental filling in Dubai is AED 200 and can vary depending upon the type of filling. It is better to ask the dentist about the exact cost which matches your condition.
Dental Fillings FAQs
Do dental fillings hurt?
Dental fillings cause minimal discomfort if they are done accurately. Patients might experience a minor sensitivity after the treatment but it is temporary and will subside.
How long do dental fillings last?
It normally depends on the material of fillings. Some materials are more durable as compared to others. For example, amalgam fillings can last for almost 15 years while composite fillings can last for only 5-7 years. The lifespan of fillings can vary greatly depending on factors like the patient's oral hygiene, the location and size of the filling, and chewing habits.
What is the best material for tooth filling?
A variety of materials can be used for dental fillings in Dubai like silver amalgam, composite resin, porcelain or gold. The choice of the best material depends on your dentist's recommendation, the extent of tooth decay, and the location of the filling.
How long does it take to get a dental filling?
The time required to perform the procedure depends on the type of material being used for filling and the time needed to prepare the affected tooth for filling. It does not take more than an hour to prepare the tooth before applying a filling. The amalgam and composite fillings can be done in a single appointment.
Can fillings fall out?
Fillings can fall out due to several reasons, such as further decay, fracture of the filling, or wear and tear, not just decay beneath the filling.
When can I start eating after getting the dental filling?
Normally, you can start eating after a few hours of getting the filling, once the anesthesia has worn off. Amalgam filling patients might need to wait longer before eating, as these fillings take more time to set compared to composite fillings. However, it is better to consult with your dentist first, as they might have some important precautions for you to follow.
Do dental fillings need to be replaced?
Fillings may need replacement due to wear, decay, or cracking, and the frequency of replacement varies based on the type of filling and individual circumstances.
Schedule A Consultation
The dentists at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic are highly qualified and work with the patients to help them achieve their goals. We offer the world’s best dental fillings that will help you in protecting your tooth from further decay or extraction. You can book an initial consultation with our expert dentists to discuss your requirements, the cost of the treatment, the filling procedure, and many other details. So, contact us today if you want to have complete dental care.
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