A front tooth filling is a dental treatment to repair a damaged front tooth. The damaged area of the tooth is removed and then filled with a material to restore the tooth shape. A front tooth filling can be made of various materials such as amalgam, composite, gold, ceramic and glass ionomer fillings. And it is chose based on the extent of the damage, and the location of the teeth.
The front tooth filling help to improve the tooth’s appearance and prevent further damage or decay. The cost of a front tooth filling can vary depending on several factors such as the type of filling material, the extent of the damaged teeth and the dentist’s location. On average, the cost of a composite filling can range from NPR 1000 to NPR 4000, while a gold filling can cost NPR 3000 to NPR 15000 or more.
Front tooth filling procedure
A front tooth filling procedure typically involves the following steps;
Step I: The initial step is to see how severe the infected tooth is.
Step II: The dentist will examine the damaged tooth, take X-rays, and numb the area around the tooth with local anaesthesia.
Step III: The dentist will use a drill or laser to remove the decayed portion of the tooth.
Step IV: The dentist will place the chosen filling material into the prepared space and shape it to fit the tooth.
Step V: Then the filling will be trimmed and polished to a natural and smooth finish.
Here, the entire procedure can take 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the extent of the damage and the type of filling material used. This procedure helps to restore a tooth that looks and functions like a natural tooth.
How long does a filling last on the front teeth?
The longevity of front teeth filling depends on the materials used, the size of the filling, the location and overall dental hygiene. Amalgam fillings/composite fillings usually last 5 to 15 years, and gold fillings/ ceramic fillings may last between 15 to 20 years. However, you can extend the fillings’ length by practicing proper dental hygiene and dental care.
How strong are front tooth filling?
Front tooth fillings are typically made of various materials including composite resin, ceramics and glass ionomers. The strength of a front tooth filling depends on the type of material used, the size and location of the filling, and the dental hygiene and structure of the tooth. Fillings are usually strong enough to resist normal biting and chewing. So to maximize the longevity of a front tooth filling, it is important to avoid habits like biting on hard objects and also to maintain good dental hygiene.
How to fix the cavity on the front tooth?
A cavity on a front tooth can be fixed with a dental filling. Initially the dentist will diagnose the cavity and determine the extent decay or damage. Then the dentist may provide local anaesthesia to numb the affected area and remove the decayed portion of the tooth using a drill or other instrument.
After it, the dentist will place the filling material and shape it to ensure proper fit and function. Finally, the dentist will polish the filling to ensure a smooth surface and prevent tooth sensitivity.
Don’t ignore a cavity on a front tooth because it can cause further damage or spread tooth decay. No matter where a cavity is, see a dentist nearby to get it fixed.
Can I brush my front teeth after filling?
Yes, you can brush your front teeth after a filling. However, it is suggested to wait at least 24 hours before brushing the filled area to allow the dental cement to set. After 24 hours, you can brush your teeth gently and avoid the filled area for the first few days.