What is Restoration (Filling)?
A Restoration (Filling) is done to restore a damaged tooth and to prevent the tooth/ teeth from further decay. There are 3 types of Restoration (Filling) materials that are commonly used in a dental clinic.
- Composite resin (tooth-coloured fillings), and
- Amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).
1. How long can the Filling last?
- It is advisable to avoid biting on hard foods ….On average, a composite tooth-colored filling lasts between seven and ten years. There are many factors that affect the lifespan of a tooth-colored dental filling. While certain habits will increase the amount of wear and tear that is put on a dental filling, other habits can help to extend the lifetime of a dental filling.
2. How long must I wait before I can resume eating and Drinking after my Restoration (Filling) Treatment?
- You may resume eating and drinking after 30 minutes when you have had your Restoration (Filling) treatment done.
3. Is it normal for the tooth to feel sensitive after the Restoration (Filling) treatment was done?
- It is common for the tooth to be a bit sensitive for the next few days. If the signs and symptoms worsen, please arrange for a review with your dentist.
4. What happens if the Restoration (Filling) material drops out?
- Kindly call the clinic and arrange for an appointment for the dentist to rectify the problem.