When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first cleans the affected area and then fills the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. Depending on your dentist’s recommendation, the material will most often be composite (plastic) or amalgam (silver).
Fillings will last for many years. To ensure a long-lasting restoration we emphasize the importance of good home care (brush for two minutes twice a day and floss every day) and regular dental cleanings and examinations.
A tooth that has just had a filling placed will be more sensitive to hot and cold foods, air temperature, and the pressure of biting. This sensitivity should resolve within a few days. If discomfort persists, contact your dentist.
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