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Also referred to as a dental restoration, a tooth filling is used to treat cavities and tooth decay. Fillings may also be used to restore missing, cracked, or damaged areas of teeth. Inappropriate use of teeth may also result in the need for a tooth filling: nail-biting, for example, or excessive grinding. Tooth decay is caused by various factors, most notably diet, smoking habits, gene traits, impact trauma, and periodontal disease. If the level of tooth decay begins to threaten the overall health of structural integrity of the tooth and gums, it may require a tooth filling.

Fillings block off areas of the tooth where bacteria can enter, reducing the chances of decay spreading any further. Tooth Fillings are available in different materials, the most popular and widely used being porcelain, gold, plastic, silver amalgam, and composite resin. The chosen material relates to the extent of damage, cost, and the dentist's professional opinion. ngs are considered to be the most resilient choice of material for tooth fillings, providing the most strength and lasting 15-20 years. Gold cast fillings do, however, require multiple repeat visits to the dentists.

Also resistant to general wear are silver amalgam fillings, though these are often considered to be the least aesthetically pleasing choice. Composite plastic resin tooth fillings provide the greatest natural appearance of all filling materials, but are not so long-lasting; between 3 and 7 years, on average. Porcelain inlays and onlays, like composite resin, can also be chosen to match the colour of existing teeth, and are a better option than gold tooth fillings if the damage is more extensive. If the decay has penetrated the roots or nerves, further treatment may be required: either root canal therapy or pulp capping. 

Where can I find tooth fillings abroad?

The cost of a tooth filling abroad can be significantly lower than at home. Thailand is one of the world's most popular tours, but in recent years has also earned a reputation as a centre of excellence for dentistry. With clinics in cities such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and coastal resorts like Phuket, Thailand offers patients the chance undergo quality dental treatment in a world-class tourist destination. Europe has many destinations providing quality dental care, one of them being Poland. Popular with patients from the UK looking for shorter waiting times or more affordable treatment, Poland offers tooth filling procedures in cities such as Warsaw, Krakow and Szczecin. Mexico is an option for those from the United States looking for affordable tooth fillings without traveling too far from home. Clinics in border cities such as Tijuana and Los Algodones are extremely popular with US patients.,

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A tooth filling is necessary when a tooth has a cavity in it. Once the tooth has a cavity, it is recommended to get a filling as soon as possible, before the cavity grows and further damages the tooth. The dentist will usually drill around the cavity slightly to get rid of any damaged tooth, before applying the filling. Depending on how deep the cavity is, the dentist may or may not use local anesthetic. The most commonly used filling materials are amalgam and composite. Amalgam (silver) fillings are stronger. They are made from liquid mercury mixed with a powdered alloy of silver, copper, and tin. These are sometimes used for fillings that are hidden, but for visible fillings many people prefer to have tooth-colored composite resin fillings.

If a cavity is very big, the pulp and roots may be infected and in this case, root canal treatment might be needed. For large cavities, the dentist may recommend an inlay or onlay. Some people avoid amalgam fillings due to the mercury content, which releases low levels of vapor, however the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) state that the levels are very low, and not known to cause harm. It is very rare to have complications from a dental filling, however, there is a risk that the filling will come out, and the procedure will need repeating. There is also a very small risk of nerve damage or infection, as well as injuries to the lip and gums as a result of local anesthetic, meaning that patients don't detect pain. Some patients may have an allergic reaction to materials used.

Recommended for Cavities Time requirements Average length of stay abroad 1 - 2 days. Number of trips abroad needed 1. Patients can choose between amalgam or composite resin fillings. Time requirements Average length of stay abroad 1 - 2 days. Number of trips abroad needed 1. Time requirements Average length of stay abroad 1 - 2 days. Number of trips abroad needed 1. Patients can choose between amalgam or composite resin fillings.,

Depending on the location and the severity of the cavity, your dentist may administer a local anesthetic to the area before performing the filling, although increasingly many fillings are carried out painlessly without it.

While most patients are unlikely to need it, for longer procedures, a dentist might also use a bite block to prop the mouth open for the duration of the procedure.,

If the mouth has been numbed, the dentist will allow the anesthesia to take effect before beginning the process of removing the decayed parts of the tooth, most commonly with a high speed dental drill. Depending on the location of the cavity and the material of the filling, a few things can happen next. For most patients it is simply a matter of covering the cavity hole with the appropriate material.

Once applied, the dentist will shape the filling so that it feels natural to the patient and doesn't affect their natural bite. For patients receiving composite fillings, it is normal for the filling to be set with LED lights. For patients receiving a filling between two teeth, things are a little more involved. The dentist will place a metal band around the tooth to build the wall of the tooth up. The dentist will additionally place a dividing wedge between the two teeth so that once the filling is completed, the neighboring tooth and the new filling will touch and prevent food from getting caught between the two teeth when you chew. Anesthesia Fillings can be done without any anesthetic, or with local anesthetic. Procedure duration The Tooth Filling takes 30 to 60 minutes. The filling is placed into the cavity to prevent further tooth decay.,

Post procedure care Patients should avoid eating on the filling straight away as it might come out. After local anesthetic, it is advised to avoid hot food and drinks while the mouth is numb to avoid the risk of burning.

Possible discomfort Most patients do not experience any discomfort following a filling, although some sensitivity on the treated tooth is normal.,

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