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Filling of caries tooth, What is filling ?

From child hood I like sweets a lot. I used to take lot of chocolates. Now iam having lot of caries tooth. I frequently get tooth pain. I used to take pain killers for this. I saw a Dentist he said my teeth needs filling. Other wise it will cause lot of problems. What is filling ?
Mon, 15 Oct 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Thanks for posting your query.

A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. Dentist first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.

There are different filling materials :-
Gold filling
Amalgam filling
Composite filling
Porcelain filling

No,one type of filling is best for everyone. What's right for you will be determined by the extent of the repair, whether you have allergies to certain materials, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and the cost.

Hope I have answered your query.

Wishing you good health.

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Dentist Dr. Neha Sumra's  Response
Welcome to HCM
I would like to tell you that excessive intake of sticky sugar & improper oral hygiene results in decay of tooth due to acid production by bacteria.This process results in production of cavity which can be treated at different levels.
-If its initial caries then go for restoration
-If its at junction of pulp & dentin then go for indirect pulp-capping
-If it involves pulp then go for RCT
You need to go for proper diagnosis before that.
Restorative materials available are:-
-Aesthetic- GIC & Composite
Go a head with treatment.

Take Care
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Dentist Dr. Amol Gite's  Response
A dental restoration or dental filling is a dental restorative material used to restore the function, integrity and morphology of missing tooth structure. The structural loss typically results from caries or external trauma. It is also lost intentionally during tooth preparation to improve the aesthetics or the physical integrity of the intended restorative material.
Materials used in dental restorations
1 Composite resin
2 Glass ionomer cement
Non tooth-coloured
1 Silver Amalgam
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Dentist Dr. Udaykumar Bondre's  Response
Hello & welcome,
A filling in the carious tooth is the restorative material which is put in the cavity cleaned by dentist to restore the tooth to its normal shape & functionality.
Sweets consumption without proper cleaning habits usually lead to development of caries in teeth which depending upon severity of destruction can be treated with different filling material after being cleaned by dentist.
Most used filling in old days were silver fillings, but now more tooth colored restorative materials are available which are more aesthetic compared to conventional silver filling material.
You should definitely go for tooth cleaning & filling procedure asked by your dentist as delaying the same would create more severe problems in future.
Proper cleaning habits are of utmost important in your case to avoid further development of caries.

Take care.
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Dentist Dr. Geoffrey Ward's  Response
Hello and thank you for your question.
When you have a cavity in your tooth, this is a hole that has been eaten in by bacteria that produces acids. The dentist drills into the tooth and removed the acid eaten and infected parts of the tooth. The holes are then repaired with a silver or white colored material depending on location, extent of disease, age and location you are at. These materials are called fillings because they fill the hole where your tooth once was and there the material now is. Pot holes get filled to prevent the holes from causing damage to cars, holes in teeth get filled so you can chew on them and to protect them from being more prone to future decay.


Dr. Ward
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
your dentist is absolutely right.taking painkillers is not a permanent solution for pain due to dental carries.
the decayed teeth has to be filled or restored.
in this procedure,the decayed portion is excavated using spoon excavator if it is soft.if the deacay is hard,airotor handpiece with bur can be used for removing carries.
then place calcium hydroxide paste or dycal in the pulpal floor to enhance reparative dentin formation.zinc-phosphate cement is placed over it in a layer.sailver amalgam or composite or glass ionomer is placed on top,depending in patient's esthetic needs.
also check for high points.
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After taking out all the infected & decayed part of your tooth, a dentist restores it back to proper form & function, using certain materials like Silver Amalgam, Composite, GIC etc. These materials when used to build up the decayed tooth are called fillings. You are advised to get them done.
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Dentist Dr. Gunjan Gupta's  Response
hi dharmveer,
i read your problem,your dentist is absolutely right..............
because of lots of sweets and chocolates infection/caries has been started in your teeth............
now this infection has been reached to root which have nerves so you feel pain ..................
painkillers give you temporary relief...........
for permanent relief you should go for proper treatment............
so please follow your dentist properly and you will get permanent relief..........
nothing to get worried...........
now filling is a process in which dentist remove caries and fill that portion with appropriate material to save your remaining tooth structure...........
this is to maintain you teeth structure which are neccessary for eating, speech and esthetic/facial appearance,smile etc..........
so please follow your dentist and maintain oral hygien......
take care
Dr.Gunjan Gupta
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Dentist Dr. Inderpreet Singh's  Response
a filling or a restoration is a material used to replace the lost tooth structure for esthetic morphologic as well as functional purposes. it could be done by many materials namely silver amalgam, glass ionomer cement,or composites
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Dentist Dr. Vidhya. V's  Response
Hi , its just removing the decay in your teeth and filling it with appropriate material called cement . There are different varieties of filling available , that will be tooth coloured also and after filling , even you can never identify the difference whether it is filled . Get it done fast to save your teeth .
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Dentist Dr. Sushant Benjamin's  Response
"Filling", here means removing the rotten and affected part of the teeth, and repacing it with a suitable tooth-filling material, like Dental Amalgam, Dental cements, and Dental composites.
Now if you have pain in your teeth too, then that means that the caries is quite deep, and you might need RCTs with Tooth-Cappings.
You would be well adviced to follow your Dentist's advice, get get the treatement ASAP.
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Dentist, Endodontics Dr. B. M. Rana's  Response
You saidyou have caries in multiple teeth and some times you have pain aslo,friend if you have pain then treatment modality changes from filling to rct,visit dentist again and go for thorough oral examination.
Thanks and good wishes for your health
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Dentist Dr. Niharika Dhalla's  Response
hi ..thank you for sharing your query with us.... filling is the procedure in which the destroyed part of the tooth is replaced by a restorative material or a cement so as to halt the further destruction of the tooth .....
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Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dr. Manish Gupta's  Response

In filling or restoration the decayed tooth structure is removed and replaced with a filling material like dental cement or silver amalgam or tooth coloured fillings. But as you have pain in them so this indicates that the caries is deep and may need a root canal treatment. So i would suggest you to go for an X ray of the tooth to see the extent of caries. So visit your dentist asap.

Take care!
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Teeth filling is done for caries toth. Even i have got it doen. They will fill the teeth with something they call cement or silver filling. Its good. Now even after 10 years since the filling, i don't have any problems.

Dentist, Endodontics Dr. Manisha Rao's  Response
Hi, a filling or restoration is done to replace the lost tooth structure. The decayed tooth structure is removed and replaced with a dental cement or silver amalgam. These days tooth coloured fillings are available. But i would suggest you to go for an X ray of the tooth to see the extent of caries. Once the tooth starts paining, the caries is usually deep and may need a root canal treatment. Please discuss the treatment plan with your dentist. Take care!
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Dentist Dr. Indrani. S's  Response
filling is nothing but removing caries and restoring with some dental material which protects ur tooth from further caries,germs,etc...go for filling of ur carious tooth and protect ut teeth....
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Dentist Dr. E. Bharathikannan's  Response
once you find a decay (black colour line or pit) initially without any symptom , visit a dentist and get it filled with tooth coloured cement or silver amalgam as you wish. but when it gets deeper and hurts then it indicates infection has reached your tooth's pulp region (where blood vessel and nerves for the tooth are located) so now root canal treatment will be required assesing with a xray of respective tooth. treat your dental problems initially and visit your dentist once in six months. after eating sweets give a good gargle or even a brushing helps you not getting decayed tooth. take care.
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Dentist Dr. E. Bharathikannan's  Response
dental filling is done to correct the decayed tooth. the decayed part is drilled off and replaced with dental cement. take care
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xuemei's  Response
dentist will put cement in the holes in the teeth which you have because of chocolate eating. it is called filling
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