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A filling is a way to restore teeth with decay, damage or excessive wear. Often used to fill cavities, most people will receive at least one filling in their lifetime. Fillings preserve the natural tooth and help prevent future decay. The procedure is quick, painless and can last 10 years or longer!
When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, 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).
How long do dental fillings last?
The average lifespan of fillings is 12.8 years for amalgams and 7.8 years for composites.
Is it normal for teeth to hurt after filling?
A tooth that has just had a filling placed will be more sensitive to hot foods and cold foods, air temperature, and the pressure of biting. This type of tooth pain after filling a cavity should resolve within a few days. If not, contact your dentist.
How much does it cost to fill a cavity?
Most filling treatments will be $50 to $150 for a single, silver amalgam filling or $90 to $250 for a single, tooth-colored composite filling.