Tooth filling is a dental procedure used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma. The procedure involves removing the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth and filling the resulting cavity with a dental material, such as composite resin, amalgam, gold, or porcelain.Read More
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Tooth filling is a dental procedure used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma. The procedure involves removing the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth and filling the resulting cavity with a dental material, such as composite resin, amalgam, gold, or porcelain.
Tooth-filling costs in Pakistan can range from around PKR 1,500 to PKR 10,000 or more.
The most common diagnosis that leads to a tooth filling is:
Softening of the enamel
Cracked or broken teeth
Teeth that have been damaged by trauma
The procedure for a tooth filling typically involves the following steps:
Before the procedure, the dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth being filled. This helps to ensure that the patient is comfortable and does not feel any pain during the procedure.
The dentist will use a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument to remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth. The dentist will then shape the cavity to prepare it for the filling.
The dentist will place the filling material in layers, using a special light to harden each layer before adding the next. This process helps to ensure that the filling is strong and durable.
Once the filling is complete, the dentist will shape and polish it to ensure that it fits properly and looks natural. The dentist will check the patient's bite to make sure that it is not affected by the filling.
The dentist will provide aftercare instructions, which may include avoiding hard or sticky foods for a few hours after the procedure and practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.
The entire tooth filling procedure typically takes between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the extent of the decay and the size of the filling.
Tooth fillings are generally considered safe and effective for repairing damaged teeth. However, like any dental procedure, there are some risks and potential complications to be aware of. These may include:
Fillings that fall out
Damage to adjacent teeth
The risks associated with tooth fillings are relatively low and most patients do not experience any complications.
After a tooth-filling procedure, it is normal to experience mild discomfort and sensitivity in the affected tooth for a few days.
The local anesthesia used during the procedure will take a few hours to wear off.
You may experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or pressure for a few days after the procedure.