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Why Don’t My Fillings Cost the Same?

Posted in Fillings

You might expect that dental fillings should cost the same across the board.

But there are actually some good reasons that they don’t.

Types of Filling Material

Gone are the days of solid metal fillings. Restorations now come in different materials for different purposes and each has its own price:

  • Composite resin (white)
  • Glass ionomer
  • Porcelain
  • Gold

Influence of the Local Economy

Dental offices located in metropolitan areas tend to be pricier in all areas of care. The cost of dental materials and labor will increase just as the cost of anything else does. Advances in technology for the dental field will reflect in the cost of things like dental restorations.

This means that the filling you got fifteen years ago will probably be far cheaper than one today.

How Large is Your Filling?

Even though your filling is one solid piece, it may cover different aspects of your tooth. Not all fillings are simply poured straight into the top part of your tooth. A dental restoration may need to replace the corner of a tooth or cover a portion of the side of the tooth.

Generally, fillings are priced based upon the number of surfaces they reach. A two-sided filling will cost more than one that just goes on the top of the tooth. A restoration that extends from one tooth side, over the top of the tooth, and overlaps to the other side will cost more than the two-sided one.

It makes sense – a multifaceted filling takes more time, skill, and material than others.

To find out what restorations are going for in your area, you’ll need to contact your local dental office. Schedule a visit for a cavity-check.

Posted on behalf of:
Marvin Village Dentistry
8161 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 579-5513


My Tooth Hurts – Do I Need to Replace My Filling?

Posted in Fillings

Fillings are meant to repair damage to your tooth, instead of being a bother you. If your filled tooth is unusually sensitive, you shouldn’t ignore it!

When Was the Filling Placed?

Old fillings can change the shape of your tooth, and new metal or tooth colored fillings take time for your tooth to adjust to. Both can cause sensitivity depending on your tooth’s health.

What Does Sensitivity Mean?

Sensitivity happens when small channels in the tooth structure have opened up a bit, exposing the sensitive nerves to temperature changes. Your enamel layer protects each tooth. Where there is no enamel or there is a break in it, your tooth will become sensitive.

This may mean that:

  • There is a fracture in the tooth or around the edge of a filling
  • Sensitive root structure is exposed because of gum recession
  • Enamel is being worn away through acid exposure or teeth grinding

Just because a filled tooth is sensitive doesn’t guarantee you’ll have to replace the filling, but you should get it looked at, anyway.

If There is a Cavity

If an x-ray or exam reveals that decay has indeed shown its ugly head again, then your only option is to change out the filling. Your dentist will remove it, clean out new decay, and seal the tooth off again in the most conservative manner possible.

Retreating a filled tooth might require that you take things a step further. Depending on the size of the restoration, an indirect filling or crown could be necessary. If the cavity or damage is too deep, you may need a root canal instead.

Contact your dentist for an exam if your filled tooth starts to bother you without any apparent reason. The sooner you take action, the more conservative treatment will be!

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544


Signs Your Filling Needs To Be Updated

Posted in Fillings

It’s an unfortunate truth that fillings do not last forever. Your natural tooth structure is ideal. Only by keeping a natural tooth complete and clean can you make it last forever!

Once a cavity compromises a tooth, things tend to go downhill from there.

The goal of restorative dentistry is to keep your smile beautiful and comfortable, stalling or slowing that downhill process. A classic way to restore your tooth is with a minimally invasive filling.

Fillings replace gaps left by cavities and inhibit further decay. Although they fit very snugly in a tooth, fillings are still not quite part of your teeth.

Bacteria can still get in. And with time, the pressure of biting can cause changes in the shape of the filling and create gaps in the tooth around it.

As filling material ages, it breaks down. Metal tarnishes, composite resin stains, and both can chip away. Updating your fillings as soon as possible will minimize the amount of damage to your tooth.

Your filling is probably ready for an upgrade if you notice:

  • Unusual sensitivity in the tooth
  • Dark staining around edges of the filling
  • A toothache or sensitivity
  • Fractured pieces of dental restorations in your mouth or the food you chew
  • An unusually sharp edge on or inside your tooth

Your dentist will remove traces of the old filling along with any signs of returning decay. Your tooth will then be ready to receive an up-to-date, clean, comfortable, and secure new filling.

It’s never a good idea to just ignore a damaged or leaky filling! When the filling is compromised, then it simply can’t do its job of protecting your tooth. If you notice any of the above signs, schedule a visit to your dentist without delay.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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