Dental fillings are used in the restoration of teeth that have been damaged due to tooth decay or injuries. It is one of the most frequently done procedures in the dental clinic and is commonly done by general dentists and specialists alike. While the procedure itself is relatively simple and straightforward, dental fillings can sometimes result in symptoms like pain and sensitivity in some people. 

Dental Fillings

Types of Dental Fillings


  1. Amalgam –  Made from silver alloy, amalgam fillings were once the most commonly used filling material. After the mercury content used in the filling was deemed too harmful for use in dentistry, amalgam alloys have consistently gone down in popularity among dentists and patients alike. However, they still remain one of the cheapest, strongest and most durable forms of dental filling.
  2. Dental Composite – Composites are a tooth-colored filling material that are currently the most commonly used type of dental filling. Dental composites are less durable than amalgam alloys and are best suited for small to medium sized dental cavities. Where dental composites lack in strength, they make up for in terms of esthetics. Other types of dental fillings that are used less commonly include glass ionomer cement, which releases fluoride and is used mostly in children, metals like gold, and ceramic fillings that have better esthetic value than dental composites. 


What Type of Problems Occur with Dental Fillings?


Problems associated with dental fillings can occur in the form of pain or tooth sensitivity, which mostly manifests after contact with pressure, sweet foods, air or temperature changes. Dental sensitivity due to placement of a tooth filling may resolve on its own within a few days. If pain or sensitivity persists for more than two to four weeks, patients are advised to get in touch with their dentist to resolve the underlying issue. 



Other Types of Problems Associated with Dental Fillings


Even a simple procedure like tooth filling requires the expertise of a well-trained dentist. Poorly done dental fillings can result in unnecessary pain and discomfort to the patient, and may even aggravate the condition of the tooth. 






Minor sensitivity after getting a tooth filling usually goes away on its own, and can be minimized by avoiding foods and drinks that aggravate the problem. Using desensitizing toothpastes has also proven to be very helpful in patients who suffer from post-treatment tooth sensitivity. 


Maintaining good oral hygiene even after getting dental fillings is important in order to ensure the success and longevity of the filling. If problems with your tooth filling persist for longer than a few weeks, get in touch with us at River Rock Dental and allow our expert staff to take care of you.