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Tooth Filling

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A tooth filling, also known as a dental filling is one of the most common types of dental restoration procedure in the world. The tooth filling aims to restore the function and integrity of an affected tooth while in the same time protecting it from further decay.

There are a few tooth filling types available for patients - dental fillings can be made from porcelain, gold, silver or composite resin and each type of material has several advantages and disadvantages.

● Gold tooth filling advantages:
Gold tooth fillings are very durable and most fillings last up to 15 years or more. Gold doesn’t corrode and is a very durable material, able to withstand high levels of pressure, making them well suited for restoration work on the molars for example.
● Disadvantages include:
A gold tooth filling is very expensive compared to other dental restoration materials. Patients may be required to visit the dentist at least 2 or 3 times before the filling is complete. Although it is a great material, some patients dislike the idea of having coloured fillings.

● Amalgam tooth filling advantages:
Amalgam tooth fillings are very durable and can last up to 15 years or more. The amalgam material itself is very strong and can withstand a lot of pressure. Patients prefer amalgam tooth fillings because they are relatively inexpensive and very durable.
● Silver/amalgam tooth filling disadvantages:
A silver tooth filling can create discolouration around the teeth after a couple of years and the material itself can expand or contract when subjected to changes in temperature – this can lead to the a tooth crack or fracture.

● Composite tooth filling advantages:
Composite tooth fillings are a popular choice because the material resembles the tooth’s natural colour. This material is often used for visible teeth which don’t need to withstand lots of pressure – such as the front teeth.
● Composite tooth filling disadvantages include:
A composite tooth filling cannot be used for particularly large cavities and their durability is shorter as well. They are also pretty expensive in comparison to amalgam fillings and may require multiple visits to the dentist.

● Porcelain tooth filling advantages:
Porcelain fillings are very resistant - these fillings usually last more than 15 years before experiencing any problems.
● Porcelain dental filling disadvantages:
Porcelain fillings can be quite expensive compared to other materials available.

Tooth Filling Candidates

A tooth filling is recommended for patients with a cavity.

Am I Suitable for Tooth Filling?

Some patients may require root canal treatment before having a dental filling.

Preparing for Tooth Filling

Dental X-rays are usually required before placing a dental filling. The x-rays are done in order to ensure that the tooth is not cracked and that the roots are healthy.

How is Tooth Filling Performed?

The area is first numbed with local anaesthesia before the dentist will begin removing all decayed parts of the tooth. The next step depends on the material used but usually once the filling is placed, minor touches are also done in order to ensure a proper fit and good functionality. The dentist will then polish the tooth, making it less visible.

Tooth Filling Summary

Duration of Operation

30 to 60 minutes

Number of Trips Abroad

1 trip

Minimum Stay

1 - 2 days

Tooth Filling Recovery

Patients will be required to avoid any food and drink for 4 to 6 hours after the filling has been placed. Increase in tooth sensitivity after a filling has been placed is common – it will pass in a few weeks.

Tooth Filling Risks and Complications

Dental fillings risks and complications can include:

● Allergic reaction to amalgam fillings
● Pain around the fillings for up to several weeks
● Fillings falling out

Tooth Filling Side Effects

Tooth filling procedure side effects can include:

● Discomfort
● Increase in sensitivity
● Pain

Tooth Filling Success Rates

The average dental filling success rate is close to 98%, with most fillings lasting between 5 and 15 years or more.

Before and After Tooth Filling

Patients need to maintain oral hygiene practices in order to maintain their fillings and their teeth healthy. Regular checkups with the dentist are also indicated in order to ensure that the fillings have not cracked and are not “leaking”.

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Dentram Dental Clinic

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Tanfer Dental Clinic Flymedi Customer Service Award

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Oxygen Medical

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Tooth Filling Cost

Average Tooth Filling costs are € 59, based on Tooth Filling prices from 27 clinics. Cheapest Tooth Filling cost is € 15 where Tooth Filling prices can go up to € 134.

Tooth Filling prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Tooth Filling in Turkey is a popular option where Tooth Filling costs as low as € 35. You can also find Tooth Filling clinics in Poland starting from € 15. Tooth Filling in Hungary is another popular option where prices start from € 60.

Please note that the Tooth Filling prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Tooth Filling procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Tooth Filling procedures. To receive a personalized Tooth Filling quote, please click HERE.

Tooth Filling FAQ

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An amalgam tooth filling contains mercury. Is it safe?

Amalgam material is a combination of mercury, silver, copper and tin. The other metals make the mercury harmless. It is safe to use for a tooth filling and has been in use for more than 100 years.

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What if my tooth is too decayed for a tooth filling?

If the patient’s tooth is too decayed and a toot filling cannot be applied, a dental implant and crown may be used instead.

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How long does a tooth filling take?

The procedure usually lasts under an hour.