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Why fillings are required?

Fillings are required when there is decay in the tooth creating a cavity (hole) in the tooth. If this isn’t treated then bacteria can work its way into the tooth leading to infection and severe dental pain. If left untreated this becomes more and more painful and may lead to tooth loss if completely left untreated. It is therefore advisable to do everything you can to avoid dental decay and still you have tooth decay or cavity please get it filled at the earliest.

The dental fillings procedure

We first remove all decay from the tooth and then fill the cavity with a dental filling material that is right for you.

Types of Dental Fillings & the Filling Materials Used

There are primarily 4- types of permanent dental filling materials commonly used at


Fortino Dental and most other dental clinics offered these same 4 types of dental filling; these are composite white fillings, porcelain fillings, gold fillings and traditional grey amalgam fillings. There are some other types of dental fillings GIC, miracle mix and also temporary fillings. We will now take a few moments to look at each of these fillings in turns:-

Amalgam Fillings:-

These are the classic silver grey fillings which are so common. These fillings are not as aesthetically pleasing and attractive as their white filling counterparts however, generally speaking, we are able to preserve more of the natural tooth structure if we use an amalgam filling.
Preserving natural tooth is always of key importance to the dentist and this is why many practices continue to use amalgam fillings.
Amalgam fillings do contain mercury however the greatest risk is when your filling is being removed. Many patients ask for amalgam filling removal due to the mercury however it has been shown that most mercury is actually released during the removal process. For this reason, if you decide you want to have amalgams removed, it is best to attend a dental practice that have a special interest in this aspect of dentistry.

Composite Fillings:-

White composite fillings are a model alternative to the old Grey amalgam fillings. Generally speaking these fillings look far more aesthetically pleasing and blend in with the natural teeth around them. One minor problem with white fillings is that they could have a tendency to wear at a higher rate than the surrounding teeth, this means that it is possible that the filling could wear away. The good news however, is that white composite fillings are extremely easy to add onto if this happens. Composite white fillings are much more popular alternative to amalgam fillings and are increasingly becoming the dental filling of choice in most practices.

Porcelain Fillings

The proper dental term for these is porcelain inlays however they perform the same function as a filling. Although porcelain sounds as though it is not very strong, this is actually far from the truth. The porcelain inlays that are used in dentistry are in fact made of an extremely high-strength feldspar quartz mixture which, when laminated or bonded onto the tooth, is extremely strong. Think about a laminated windscreen in your car, the individual components are not very strong yet when they are bonded together they become extremely durable. This is the same effect with a porcelain inlay. One of the disadvantages of porcelain inlays is that they are not immediate. Amalgam or white composite fillings can be made immediately in the dental chair whilst you are at the practice. Porcelain fillings need to be made by a highly skilled dental technician. This means that once we have removed the decay from your tooth we need to take a dental impression, this is then sent to the dental technician who can then make a porcelain inlay to fit into the cavity. Whilst you are waiting for the technician to make your new porcelain filling you will be fitted with a temporary filling material. This does have a tendency to stain, especially if you like to eat chicken tikka masala, red wine and drink lots of coffee. The manufacturing process takes around 3 to 5 days and once the porcelain inlay is fitted it should last for many years.

Gold Fillings

Gold fillings are also not as common nowadays, this is generally due to the cosmetic and aesthetic properties and more recently due to the price of gold! However, from a dental point of view gold is a perfect material. Gold is extremely malleable which means it can be easily formed to fit extremely accurately into the cavity created when we removed the decay. It is also extremely smooth which means that the opposing teeth are not worn away, as can be common with some other materials for fillings. Gold is also completely inert, so it does not react with the body and is completely accepted by the oral environment without any problem at all. This makes gold one of the best materials to make use in your mouth from a purely scientific point of view, we do however realize that not everybody wants to have gold in their mouths!

Dental fillings after-care

This really depends upon the type of filling that you had as to exactly how you need to look after it. The general rule is to be gentle on the tooth for a few days. Most of the time when decay is removed this can be traumatic to the tooth, and so eating soft foods for a day or two and avoiding extremely hot or cold food will always be kinder to your tooth. If you have had a porcelain inlay which has been bonded to your tooth it may also take a few hours for the bonding glue to totally set, so we advise that you avoid extremely chewy foods also for a few days after having a dental filling. At Fortino Dental Clinic in Greater Kailash, gk we offer a range of dental fillings to suit your clinical situation, aesthetic requirements and budget.

If you could have fillings that matched the natural color of your teeth so well that nobody could tell the difference. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a blend, or “composite,” of plastic resins and silica fillers. These substances mimic many of the qualities of natural tooth structure, such as wear-resistance and translucency. Dental composites also help strengthen teeth.

The Benefits of Composite Fillings

1. Natural-looking Appearance.
2. Preservation of More Natural Tooth Structure.
3. Versatility.
4. Durability

How Long Composite Fillings Last :-
Dental fillings are becoming more advanced every year, and improvements in lifespan are quite common.

Why You Need Composite Filling?
When your teeth is getting damaged and becoming hollow, you need to fill it with the special type of material called composite filling. Though, there could be multiple reasons of composite filling and you can find few of them are listed below.

Reasons for Composite Fillings:

  • Worn Teeth
  • Chipped Teeth
  • Decayed Teeth
  • Hollow Teeth
  • Cracked Teeth
  • Broken Teeth
  • Space Between Teeth

How Long Composite Fillings Last?
So, the key point here is how long composite fillings last in your teeth. Actually, depending on your eating habits, lifestyle, dental hygiene, oral care and types of filling material or quality it can last long from 5 to 25 years listed below.

  • Composite Fillings last 5 to 15 years
  • Amalgam Fillings last 5 to 25 years
  • Gold Fillings last 15 to 20 years

Some of the questions and their answers regarding fillings:-

How long fillings do lasts?

This really depends on the type of filling and the surface of the tooth involved. Tooth-colored (composite) fillings are much more popular as they are discreet and blend in with the natural teeth, however they are often viewed as being less durable when compare to their metal counterpart. Typically, composite fillings can last between 10 and 12 years. Amalgam fillings last a little longer, usually around 15 to 2o years.

Do fillings hurt?

No, you shouldn’t experience any pain or discomfort when receiving fillings with us. Before we begin the procedure, we will ensure your mouth is numbed so that the only discomfort you may feel is the sting from the local anesthetic injection, which will stop you from feeling any further discomfort.

What do fillings do?

A build-up of plaque can sometimes lead to cavities in the teeth. This is caused by the bacteria found in plaque, which if left, can turn acidic and break down the surface of the tooth, leaving behind a hole. In order to avoid infections, it’s important that these holes are filled – and that’s what fillings do. They are designed to repair cavities to prevent pain and stop infection.

What types of fillings are there available?

There are wide range of fillings available, making it easy for you to fix any cavities in a way that suits your budget. The four main types of fillings, include:

  • Amalgam fillings
  • Composite or white fillings
  • Porcelain fillings
  • Gold fillings

Your dentist will be able to advise you how each type of filling differs, and the best type of filling to meet your budget and needs.