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Filling (Overview)

Any of several materials used to repair a tooth that has chipped, is adversely worn, or that has had a cavity which has been drilled (cleaned out) by a dentist.


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My filling is loose! Please help?

My filling is loose! Please help?

See the dentist: You should contact your dentist. They will evaluate the filling and most often replace or fix the existing one. ...Read more

Filling (Overview)

Any of several materials used to repair a tooth that has chipped, is adversely worn, or that has had a cavity which has been drilled (cleaned out) by a dentist.


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When can you eat after a filling?

Right away with care: You can eat most things after a filling but should avoid sticky things like hard canday, gummy candy, and hard to chew items like bread. The adhesion between the filling and the tooth needs some time to mature but will do so in less than 24 hours. Also you should wait until the anesthetic wears of to prevent filling damage or biting your cheek. ...Read more

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What is the most filling food ever?

What is the most filling food ever?

I don't know: Great question for all of us dieters everywhere! I don't know the scientific answer but if you eat a very high fiber cereal like all bran, fiber one, or even raisin bran and then follow it with 8 oz of water, you will get a low calorie, high fiber meal that's very filling! I promise. ...Read more

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Can you get 9 fillings done at once?

Yes: Many patients like to have as much treatment completed at the visit to minimize the number of visits. It really depends on the size of the fillings and how the restorative dentist schedules his/her patients. Discuss this with the dentist who will be treating you. ...Read more

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What are composite fillings used for?

Composite resin: Also called tooth colored, durable and strong fillings. They are used for small to mid size cavities on either front or back teeth. ...Read more

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What should I do for a broken filling?

What should I do for a broken filling?

Call a dentist: You can fracture or break a piece off your filling it you bite down too hard or catch it precisely at the wrong angle. Each tooth situation is different so your dentist will need to assess it and discuss the various options and materials with you. Take care. ...Read more

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What to do if my filling really hurts?

Painful Fillings: If your fillings hurt it means that the nerves of your teeth are unhappy. Pay attention to what causes them to hurt. Sensitive to biting, do they ache after a meal? Is there hot and cold sensitivity, if so how long does it take for the pain to go away, actually count the seconds for the pain to go away. Final advice, take this information and talk to your dentist. The solution may be simple. ...Read more

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How long will a temporary filling last?

Depends: Materials like irm can last for 3 to 6 months. Other material like cavitec will last a matter of weeks. Get the permanent restoration fixed sooner, rather than later. ...Read more

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When would fillings need to be replaced?

When would fillings need to be replaced?

When necessary: When they are worn, have defective margins, broken or fractured. There is no specific life span for fillings. ...Read more

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My fillings are coming out. Is this bad?

Yes: See your dentist soon and ask about this. Likely decay and overload are causative factors. ...Read more

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Are fillings and crowns one and the same?

Not at all: No, fillings are placed directly into the tooth. A crown is made outside the mouth, then cemented on the tooth. ...Read more

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What medicine can I take after a filling?

What medicine can I take after a filling?

OTC: If you have some sensitivity or discomfort following a filling, take some otc pain medication such as advil, motrin, aleve, tylenol (acetaminophen) or what you would normally take for a headache. If the discomfort worsens or lasts more than day or so, call your own dentist for advice. ...Read more

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How long does it take to put in a filling?

Depends on size: Depending on the size and location of a filling it can take as little as a few minutes to as long as 30 minutes. There are so many factores that it truly depends on your problem and the skill level of your dentist. ...Read more

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Can pain be associated with a high filling?

Can pain be associated with a high filling?

Yes: If a filling is 'high' causing that tooth to contact harder when you bite, that can result in pain. It's fairly common and easily fixed with a quick, painless adjustment by your dentist. ...Read more

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As soon as pulp exposed do I need a filling?

As soon as pulp exposed do I need a filling?

Root canal therapy: Root canal treatment is done when the pulp becomes damaged, inflamed or diseased. ...Read more

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My fillings came out today, what should I do?

See your dentist: If you feel dissatisfied with treatment that has been provided, you should first discuss the matter with your treating dentist and find the reason for this problem. A dentist is a skilled professional who practices with the utmost care and responsibility. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I get my chipped filling repaired for free?

Can I get my chipped filling repaired for free?

What was the cause?: How long ago was the filling placed? Did your dentist advise you of some precautions to follow that you did not heed? Did your dentist suggest a guarded prognosis for the durability or life of the filling. You need to discuss this issue with your dentist. The breaking of the filling might not have been preventable. Sometimes a dentist will replace a recent filling at a reduced fee or for free. ...Read more

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How often should composite fillings be replaced?

How often should composite fillings be replaced?

6-9 years smile zone: Composite fillings are a manmade substitute for natural tooth enamel. When done well, they can look great for 6-9 years. Made from acrylic they are slightly "porous" and are subject to absorbing unremovable stain. And their bonded edges eventually separate and stain there too! A cosmetic failure is just as valid reason to replace as a physical "break down" when in the esthetic smile zone! ...Read more

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Can I get my composite fillings removed at home?

Can I get my composite fillings removed at home?

Dentist house calls!: With portable x-rays and drills, there are now dentist that provide almost full service dental housed calls! They can removed and replace your composite fillings at home. Check google for availability in your town. Also research recent wall street journal news article on the subject. ...Read more

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Are redone fillings supposed to hurt for a while?

Can be normal: Some teeth do become sensitive after being replaced. No one is really sure why this happens. It could be more from irritating the pulp tissue by disturbing residual. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: filling?

Material to fill: Any of several materials used to repair a tooth that has chipped, is adversely worn, or that has had a cavity which has been drilled (cleaned out) by a dentist. ...Read more

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Please tell me what to do when a filling pops out?

See your dentist: There can be different reasons for a filling to fall out. There can be decay under the old filling, trauma to the tooth, change in the bite, etc. See your dentist as soon as possible ...Read more

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Are there any dangers to getting too many fillings?

No: Fillings are repairs to damaged tooth structure. You run the risk for more harm by not having the teeth repaired. If you have numerous fillings that need to be done you may wish to reconsider your dietary habits, hygiene habits and consider visditng the dentist more not less. ...Read more

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What is the difference between onlays and fillings?

Difference: The difference between an inlay and a filling is the materials used, the time required to fix the tooth, durability and cost. Once the decay and/or old filling are removed the dentist can either place filling material (composite resin or amalgam) or an inlay (porcelain, gold, or specially oven hardened composite). ...Read more

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What can be done to stay calm when getting fillings?

Pain: You can meditate before going to your appointment. You can watch the actual procedure on youtube to get the fear out of the procedure. Sometimes doctors recommend pain therapy before the actual procedure to make it less painful. ...Read more

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My temporary filling is really hurting what can I do?

My temporary filling is really hurting what can I do?

It is not normal: And you want this problem resolved before you get the final restoration. If this goes away, 6-8 weeks, then tooth is recovering and getting back to normal. The transition from dull aching pain to constant, sharp and severe pain is a bad sign. There is a chance you are going to need an endodontic treatment. See your dentist for re-evaluation and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long should you wait to eat after having fillings?

Food after a filling: Once numbness is gone, resume your normal eating and food routine. Take care. ...Read more

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How much pain is expected from getting a filling done?

Not painful: The dentist should be able to numb the tooth, so there is no feeling. A laser can often be comfortably used with no pain and no shot. ...Read more

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Please tell me if I have to pay for a filling adjustment?

Shouldn't: This should not be a problem, unless it has been an extremely long time (months). Most dentists stand behind their treatment and will be happy to make this better for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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I think I have a wobbly bonded filling, what should I do?

See Your dentist: If the filling is loose, you should see your dentist. He or she will remove the old filling and simply place another. If there is any cavity underneath the old filling, it will be removed. ...Read more

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How soon can you eat after getting white composit fillings?

As long as: As long as your composite restoration is completely cured and finshed/ polished, bite and floss checked, you can go ahead and eat after our appointment. It's not like a silver filling where you have to wait a day for it to harden. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to exercise after getting a fillings?

How long should I wait to exercise after getting a fillings?

No restrictions: You can I return to your normal exercise regimen after dental treatment as the anaesthetic drugs wear off. ...Read more

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How to know if I need to get an injection for a small filling?

It depends how small: It depends how small and the pain tolerance of the patient. I fill many children's teeth and adults teeth cosmetically without injections. Class IV and Class I and some Class V resorations can be done without injections. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to replace old fillings with crowns eventually?

Onlay vs crown: Another option for a big failing filling can be an onlay instead of a crown. It allows for a more conservative procedure. Think of an onlay like a puzzle piece that just replaces the broken down portion of the tooth, leaving the healthy part intact. ...Read more

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Is it normal for flakes of silver to come loose after a filling?

Can be: If an amalgam filling was done, then there may be a few 'crumbs' of material left after the carving and shaping was done. Just rinse and spit them out. Very normal occurrance. ...Read more

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Could I lose a piece of a filling without losing the whole thing?

Could I lose a piece of a filling without losing the whole thing?

Definitely yes: Constant assault from eating and drinking, or stress from clenching or grinding, eventually may cause a dental filling to partially break or fail. It is very easy to fix. See your dentist for examination, x-rays and treatment. ...Read more

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How long should you reasonably wait to eat after after a filling?

How long should you reasonably wait to eat after after a filling?

That depends: That depends on the type of filling. If it is an amalgam (silver) filling I would wait a couple of hours. If it is a bonded composite (white) filling you don't really have to wait at all. If they made you numb I would wait at least until the numb feeling goes away so you do not accidently bite yourself. If it was a very large filling, regardless of type, I would avoid chewing very hard things. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is my filling supposed to get this dark right away?

Darkening Fillings-: Depends on you diet. Fruits are especially acidic...darkens silver fillings, and dissolves the edges of the white ones to food stain. Brush your teeth more frequently 3X to 4X a day. Rinse your mouth well after eating citrus fruit. ...Read more

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How to know if I need to replace my filling or get a second opinion?

A comprehensive exam: A Comprehensive exam followed by an exray will detect if, there is a need to replace a filling. Silver fillings overtime develop margins which Fail and leak leading to replacement of fillings. The silver filling can also be cracked or develop some grayish area under the filling. ...Read more