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What is a tooth filling?
A filling is a procedure to restore the tooth that has been damaged by decay back to its standard form. It’s also meant to prevent further decay from happening to your tooth.
What types of fillings are there?
There are generally three types of fillings:
• Composite resin (tooth-coloured fillings)
• Amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc)
How long do fillings last?
Typically, when well-maintained, dental fillings last around 7-10 years. Other factors that could influence its lifespan include eating habits, dental hygiene, tooth trauma, and teeth grinding.
Will it hurt?
You may experience some tooth sensitivity in the days following the treatment, but if it worsens, you may come back for a consultation with your dentist.
Can I eat and drink after my filling treatment?
Yes, you can. But we recommend waiting 30 minutes after the procedure before eating and drinking.
What happens if my filling drops out?
Don’t worry, simply contact the clinic and your dentist will fix it for you. Until then, try to keep the area clean and limit chewing on the affected area.