A dental filling is any material used to treat a small hole, or cavity, in a tooth so as to restore the morphology and function of the tooth.
WHEN DO I NEED A DENTAL FILLING?
A dental filling is needed when a tooth has lost some part of its structure to either caries or trauma
CONSEQUENCES OF NOT GETTING A DENTAL FILLING DONE
The consequence of not getting a dental filling is an infection of the pulp tissue which happens at different time rates from individual to individual. Some individuals will feel pain at some point whereas some won’t feel any. The infection can develop and progress to further harmful conditions to the body
PRICE OF DENTAL FILLING IN NIGERIA
The prices of dental fillings vary depending on the material to be used. Material that can be used includes GIC, composite, and amalgam (not really in use again). The price of a filling ranges from ₦10,000 to ₦30,000 per tooth depending on the condition of the tooth
TYPES OF DENTAL FILLINGS
- Glass ionomer cement
POST-TREATMENT CARE FOR DENTAL FILLING
- Brush twice daily
- Visit your dentist once every 6 months.
- Other instructions are given based on each peculiar case
HOW LONG DOES A DENTAL FILLING LAST?
Depending on the material used, dental fillings last 5 years and above (if the patient adheres to instructions post-treatment)
CAN DENTAL FILLING FALL OFF?
Yes, a dental filling can fall off if the patient does not adhere to instructions after treatment. It can also fall off if the filling was not done right.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR FILLINGS COME OUT?
Visit your dentist immediately
HOW TO KNOW THAT A DENTAL FILLING IS LOOSE?
If you feel a dental filling is loose, visit your dentist. Your dentists will be able to assess it and inform you of what is to be done.
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