What is a filling?

Fillings help restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal function, and prevent further decay. Decay occurs mainly due to poor oral hygiene.
Fillings are relatively simple procedures, and can usually be done in a single visit.

Types of fillings

• Gold fillings
• Amalgam (silver) fillings
• Composite (white) fillings
• Porcelain

Gold Filling

Silver Filling

White Filling

What to expect during a filling?

When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a suitable filling material.
After your filling, you might have:
• Numbness due to the local anesthetic, which may last up to a few hours
• Sensitive tooth, depending on the severity of the cavity