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Dental Filling

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What is a Dental Filling?

Dental fillings treat cavities caused by decay and are also used for repairing chipped or broken teeth. They restore the tooth's original function and appearance, enabling patients to eat, speak and smile confidently.

The procedure for placing a filling typically involves several steps. First, the dentist removes the decayed or damaged part of the tooth, ensuring the removal of all unhealthy tooth structure, leaving behind a clean cavity. The cavity is then filled with a suitable material.

Traditionally, silver amalgam was widely used. However, there are many health concerns about the mercury content of silver fillings. At Dental Designs, we offer metal free tooth-colored options such as composite resins and ceramic fillings.

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Tooth Pain/Sensitivity
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Cracked/Chipped Teeth
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Visible Holes in Teeth
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Replacement of Old Fillings

Do I Need a Dental Filling?

Determining if you need a dental filling depends on many factors. Some signs that you may need a filling include tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks, pain when biting or chewing, visible holes or pits in your teeth, or if your tooth is cracked or chipped.

 

As cavities can be present most of the time without any symptoms, having regular dental check-ups and x-rays are important to catch and treat any decay early.

 

Fillings can also be optional, such as when they are  done to change the length or shape of the tooth,or  to cover a discolored tooth, or placed to protect sensitive teeth or teeth with receeding gums 

 

Feature

Number of implants needed

Implant placement

Implant angulation

Need for bone grafting and other surgical procedures like sinus lift and nerve repositioning

Treatment timeline

Traditional Implants

Requires one implant for each missing tooth

Implants have to be placed where the individual tooth is missing

Align with adjacent teeth and supporting bone

High probability, especially if sufficient bone is not present to support the implant, or vital structures like nerves and sinus membrane are in close proximity

Have to wait for a healing period of 3-6 months before artificial teeth can be placed

All-on-4 Implants

Requires 4 implants to replace an entire jaw of missing teeth

Implants are strategically placed in areas of jawbone with the highest bone density

Two implants at the back are placed at 30-45 degrees

Less probability of requiring adjunct surgical procedures

You receive your temporary artificial teeth immediately after placement of the implants

What It Means If You Choose All-on-4

Overall cost of treatment is reduced

Stable implants and artificial teeth

Stress from daily activities such as chewing and swallowing is distributed efficiently

Overall cost of treatment is reduced, less recovery time and less stress for patient

Patient receive their new teeth on the same day as surgery

Feature

Number of implants needed

Implant placement

Implant angulation

Need for bone grafting and other surgical procedures like sinus lift and nerve repositioning

Treatment timeline

Traditional Implants

Requires one implant for each missing tooth

Implants have to be placed where the individual tooth is missing

Align with adjacent teeth and supporting bone

High probability, especially if sufficient bone is not present to support the implant, or vital structures like nerves and sinus membrane are in close proximity

Have to wait for a healing period of 3-6 months before artificial teeth can be placed

All-on-4 Implants

Requires 4 implants to replace an entire jaw of missing teeth

Implants are strategically placed in areas of jawbone with the highest bone density

Two implants at the back are placed at 30-45 degrees

Less probability of requiring adjunct surgical procedures

You receive your temporary artificial teeth immediately after placement of the implants

What It Means If You Choose All-on-4

Overall cost of treatment is reduced

Stable implants and artificial teeth

Stress from daily activities such as chewing and swallowing is distributed efficiently

Overall cost of treatment is reduced, less recovery time and less stress for patient

Patient receive their new teeth on the same day as surgery

What are the Benefits of Dental Fillings?

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Dental fillings play a crucial role in halting the progression of tooth decay. When cavities are present and left untreated, these cavities provide a haven for bacteria to thrive, leading to further decay and potential infection.

By filling the cavity, dental fillings effectively seal off the area, preventing bacteria from entering and causing more damage and hence stops the decay process.

When a tooth is decayed, a cavity forms, creating a void in the tooth. Dental fillings fill this void, restoring the tooth's structure and preventing it from further weakening or breaking.

This preservation of tooth structure is essential for maintaining the integrity of the tooth and avoiding more extensive treatments like crowns or extractions.

Dental fillings can also improve the appearance of teeth. Tooth-coloured fillings, made from composite resins or ceramic materials, blend in seamlessly with the natural teeth, providing an aesthetic restoration.

This aesthetic improvement can enhance the overall appearance of the smile, boosting confidence and self-esteem.

Cavities and tooth damage can impact the function of the tooth, making it difficult to chew or bite properly. Dental fillings restore the tooth's functionality, allowing patients to eat and speak without discomfort.

This improvement in tooth function is essential for maintaining overall oral health and quality of life.

Types of Dental Fillings in Singapore

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Metal-based mercury "silver" fillings are no longer recommended for use by the WHO. The other options for direct dental fillings are tooth-coloured  fillings which are safe for oral use and that naturally blend with your teeth for a more attractive appearance.

Resin fillings, placed in layers directly to the tooth, require manual shaping to your tooth and bite verification. It requires an extended time to place it to create a natural tooth shape which also feels comfortable in your bite. These fillings are expected to last a few years before replacement is needed.

Glass ionomer fillings, another common tooth-colored option, are cheaper, moisture resistant and easy to apply but they wear out quickly. We use this material only for temporary fillings to last a few months to a year.

 

ceramic filling

Ceramic fillings are considered indirect restorations, meaning they are crafted in a dental laboratory rather than directly in the mouth. There are two types of ceramic fillings, that is inlays and onlays.

This form of indirect filling offers several advantages over traditional direct fillings. These are made from porcelain and are highly resistant to staining, offering both durability and aesthetic appeal. Because they are fabricated in a lab, ceramic fillings can be precisely customized to fit your tooth and bite, ensuring a comfortable restoration without much manual adjustment inside your mouth. Additionally, ceramic fillings can withstand very heavy chewing forces without distortion, providing a long-lasting solution for restoring damaged teeth compared to resin fillings.

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Bonding is mainly used for cosmetic improvements, such as fixing a chipped or cracked tooth, improving the appearance of discoloured teeth, or making teeth look longer or more evenly shaped. It can also be used to close small gaps between teeth.

During the procedure, tooth-coloured composite resin will be applied to the affected tooth and then molded and shaped as desired.

These tooth colours provide a natural appearance and are ideal for visible teeth.

fissure sealant

Fissure sealants are a preventive dental treatment aimed at stopping cavities before they start. This involves applying a clear, protective seal to the back teeth, particularly the molars and premolars, which have tiny grooves that can trap food and bacteria.

The sealant forms a protective barrier over these grooves, keeping food and bacteria out and reducing the risk of decay. The process is quick, does not require drilling, and non-invasive, making it suitable for both children and adults.

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Composite resin filling can be used to correct the shape or size of teeth through a procedure known as composite veneers. Unlike traditional veneers that are made in a dental lab, composite veneers are directly applied and sculpted by the dentist in a single visit.

Composite veneers can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, worn, discoloured or irregularly shaped. They can also be used to close gaps between teeth.

Types of Dental Fillings in Singapore

Metal-based mercury "silver" fillings are no longer recommended for use by the WHO. The other options for direct dental fillings are tooth-coloured  fillings which are safe for oral use and that naturally blend with your teeth for a more attractive appearance.

Resin fillings, placed in layers directly to the tooth, require manual shaping to your tooth and bite verification. It requires an extended time to place it to create a natural tooth shape which also feels comfortable in your bite. These fillings are expected to last a few years before replacement is needed.

Glass ionomer fillings, another common tooth-colored option, are cheaper, moisture resistant and easy to apply but they wear out quickly. We use this material only for temporary fillings to last a few months to a year.

 

Ceramic fillings are considered indirect restorations, meaning they are crafted in a dental laboratory rather than directly in the mouth. There are two types of ceramic fillings, that is inlays and onlays.

This form of indirect filling offers several advantages over traditional direct fillings. These are made from porcelain and are highly resistant to staining, offering both durability and aesthetic appeal. Because they are fabricated in a lab, ceramic fillings can be precisely customized to fit your tooth and bite, ensuring a comfortable restoration without much manual adjustment inside your mouth. Additionally, ceramic fillings can withstand very heavy chewing forces without distortion, providing a long-lasting solution for restoring damaged teeth compared to resin fillings.

Bonding is mainly used for cosmetic improvements, such as fixing a chipped or cracked tooth, improving the appearance of discoloured teeth, or making teeth look longer or more evenly shaped. It can also be used to close small gaps between teeth.

During the procedure, tooth-coloured composite resin will be applied to the affected tooth and then molded and shaped as desired.

These tooth colours provide a natural appearance and are ideal for visible teeth.

Fissure sealants are a preventive dental treatment aimed at stopping cavities before they start. This involves applying a clear, protective seal to the back teeth, particularly the molars and premolars, which have tiny grooves that can trap food and bacteria.

The sealant forms a protective barrier over these grooves, keeping food and bacteria out and reducing the risk of decay. The process is quick, does not require drilling, and non-invasive, making it suitable for both children and adults.

Composite resin filling can be used to correct the shape or size of teeth through a procedure known as composite veneers. Unlike traditional veneers that are made in a dental lab, composite veneers are directly applied and sculpted by the dentist in a single visit.

Composite veneers can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, worn, discoloured or irregularly shaped. They can also be used to close gaps between teeth.

Feature

Number of implants needed

Implant placement

Implant angulation

Need for bone grafting and other surgical procedures like sinus lift and nerve repositioning

Treatment timeline

Traditional Implants

Requires one implant for each missing tooth

Implants have to be placed where the individual tooth is missing

Align with adjacent teeth and supporting bone

High probability, especially if sufficient bone is not present to support the implant, or vital structures like nerves and sinus membrane are in close proximity

Have to wait for a healing period of 3-6 months before artificial teeth can be placed

All-on-4 Implants

Requires 4 implants to replace an entire jaw of missing teeth

Implants are strategically placed in areas of jawbone with the highest bone density

Two implants at the back are placed at 30-45 degrees

Less probability of requiring adjunct surgical procedures

You receive your temporary artificial teeth immediately after placement of the implants

What It Means If You Choose All-on-4

Overall cost of treatment is reduced

Stable implants and artificial teeth

Stress from daily activities such as chewing and swallowing is distributed efficiently

Overall cost of treatment is reduced, less recovery time and less stress for patient

Patient receive their new teeth on the same day as surgery

Feature

Number of implants needed

Implant placement

Implant angulation

Need for bone grafting and other surgical procedures like sinus lift and nerve repositioning

Treatment timeline

Traditional Implants

Requires one implant for each missing tooth

Implants have to be placed where the individual tooth is missing

Align with adjacent teeth and supporting bone

High probability, especially if sufficient bone is not present to support the implant, or vital structures like nerves and sinus membrane are in close proximity

Have to wait for a healing period of 3-6 months before artificial teeth can be placed

All-on-4 Implants

Requires 4 implants to replace an entire jaw of missing teeth

Implants are strategically placed in areas of jawbone with the highest bone density

Two implants at the back are placed at 30-45 degrees

Less probability of requiring adjunct surgical procedures

You receive your temporary artificial teeth immediately after placement of the implants

What It Means If You Choose All-on-4

Overall cost of treatment is reduced

Stable implants and artificial teeth

Stress from daily activities such as chewing and swallowing is distributed efficiently

Overall cost of treatment is reduced, less recovery time and less stress for patient

Patient receive their new teeth on the same day as surgery

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Discover the Durability of Ceramic Fillings

Precision-crafted with CAD/CAM technology, the unique shape of your tooth cavity is captured by a 3D scanner and our ceramic fillings are made in our in house dental lab. As the ceramic filling is fitted to your exact bite, less adjustments are necessary.

 

Made from high strength ceramic from a single block and then finished in a furnace at high temperature, they are highly stain resistant and can endure strong chewing pressures, providing a durable alternative to traditional fillings. Ceramic fillings are expected to last about 5-10 years or longer.

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Inlay Ceramic Filling

Inlays fit snugly within the grooves of the tooth without extending over the cusps (raised areas on the chewing surface).

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Onlay Ceramic Filling

Onlays are used to repair more extensive damage that includes one or more cusps of the tooth to provide additional protection and support.

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Inlay Ceramic Filling

Inlays fit snugly within the grooves of the tooth without extending over the cusps (raised areas on the chewing surface).

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Onlay Ceramic Filling

Onlays are used to repair more extensive damage that includes one or more cusps of the tooth to provide additional protection and support.

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ICON Infiltration Therapy:

Treat tooth discolorations without drilling

Traditionally, treating these white spots involved drilling away the affected area and filling it with a tooth-coloured material hence involving the removal of healthy tooth structure.

The ICON treatment offers a minimally invasive solution to unsightly white spots on teeth, enhancing your smile without drilling or removing tooth structure.

Process of Getting A Dental Filling At
Dental Designs in Singapore

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1. Consultation

The dentist will assess your oral health by examining your teeth, gums, and bite. They will evaluate the condition of your tooth, determine the extent of decay or damage, and assess its suitability for a dental filling.

X-rays may be taken to check for any underlying dental issues and to detect cavities that may be hidden between teeth.

Your dentist will discuss the different filling materials available and help you decide which option is best for your specific situation. The choice of filling material may depend on factors such as the location and size of the cavity, as well as your budget.

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2. Dental Filling Procedure

Most dental fillings can be performed without the need for local anaesthesia. However, for deep cavities or teeth that are hypersensitive, your dentist may administer local anaesthesia to ensure that the area around the affected tooth is fine during the procedure. 

The process typically involves the following steps:

  1. Preparation: The decayed portion of the tooth is carefully removed using specialised dental instruments.

  2. Placement of filling: Once the tooth is prepared, the filling material is placed into the cavity and shaped to match the contours of your natural tooth.

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3. Adjustments and Polishing

After the cavity is cleaned and filled with the chosen filling material. Composite fillings are placed in layers and hardened with a special light, your dentist may perform a bite adjustment to ensure that your teeth come together correctly when you bite down. This adjustment is necessary because the new filling may slightly alter the way your teeth fit together. The filling will then be polished.

Overall, the process of getting a dental filling is relatively quick and straightforward, and most people can return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure.

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4. Review Check

Regular check-ups with your dentist are crucial for maintaining the health of your dental filling. These check-ups, typically recommended every six months, allow your dentist to monitor the condition of your filling and the overall health of your mouth.

During these check-ups, your dentist will examine the filling to ensure it is in good condition and has not developed any cracks, chips or other issues. They will also check for any signs of new decay or other dental problems that may require attention.

Cost of a Dental Filling in Singapore

The cost of a dental filling can vary significantly and is determined by the individualised treatment plan created by the dentist for each patient, considering factors such as the type of filling material used, the size and location of the cavity, and whether additional procedures are indicated.

On average, a composite resin dental filling ranges from $174.40 to $359.70 per tooth. Composite resins are popular for their ability to match the colour of natural teeth, offering an aesthetically pleasing result. However, they may discolour over time, potentially requiring periodic replacement.

For those prioritising durability, ceramic fillings offer a long-lasting option. Though more expensive than composite resin fillings, ceramic fillings are highly resistant to staining and are stronger.

STARTS FROM

$92.65*

Fissure Sealant $92.65
Composite Bonding/Filling $174.40 – $359.70
ICON Treatment $327.00
Composite Veneer $434.91 – $599.50
Ceramic Fillings $659.45 - $1,744.00

*Price are inclusive of 9% GST and each listing is priced PER TOOTH
**As treatment is customised, your dentist will be able to advise the treatment costs during the consultation.

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J. Kho

This dental clinic has very good staff who are well trained and friendly. The dentists are also very good and will explain the treatment in detail before starting treatment. The equipment is very high tech and I believe they are able to do high quality work as I did my crown here and it looks much better than my colleague who also recently did his at another place. The waiting room is also very comfortable. good job!

C. Zheng De

This clinic is one of the best I have ever seen. I saw dr Justin for my implant which I did many years ago, the tooth was loose, and other drs told me to remove it as they could not find out what brand it was but dr Justin was able to take 3d xrays and locate the brand and specially ordered the part in. he saved me from having to do a surgery to remove and put a new implant which would have cost me a bomb. the tooth looks even better than the original thanks to the experieced dental technician Katsuya from Japan. 

Very happy and will keep coming back for my regular dental. 

G. Hock An

my workplace is close by and I had a problem with my tooth for a few days, so I made an appointment to come down. The receptionist who booked my appointment was very helpful and friendly to explain the way to the clinic from my office. I saw Dr Nicholas who was able to do a root canal treatment on the same visit so that I didn't need to come back. I felt safe and comfortable to do my dental treatment here as the dental picks are all wrapped up and sterilized and only opened before each treatment when im inside. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Filling in Singapore

Like many things in life, tooth fillings are not permanent. They may need to be replaced or repaired over time due to wear, deterioration, or new decay. The lifespan of a filling depends on factors such as the type of filling material used, the location and size of the filling, and an individual's oral hygiene habits.

However, with proper care and regular dental check-ups, fillings can last for many years. Your dentist will monitor the condition of your fillings during routine appointments and recommend replacement or repair if necessary. It's essential to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly, to help maintain the longevity of your fillings and prevent decay or damage.

The process of getting a tooth filling is typically not painful. Sometimes, your dentist may use local anesthesia to numb the area before starting the procedure. You may feel some pressure or discomfort during the preparation of the tooth and placement of the filling, but it should not be painful.

After the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some sensitivity or mild discomfort in the treated tooth for a few days. This is normal and usually resolves on its own. Over-the-counter pain medications can help alleviate any discomfort during this time.

However, if you experience severe or prolonged pain after getting a filling, it could be a sign of complications such as an improper bite or nerve irritation. In such cases, it's essential to contact your dentist for further evaluation and treatment.

The lifespan of a tooth filling can vary depending on several factors, including the type of filling material used, the size and location of the filling and your oral hygiene habits. On average, composite resin fillings lasts for 5 to 10 years while ceramic fillings may last for up to 20 years!

With proper care and regular dental check-ups, fillings can last for many years. Your dentist will monitor the condition of your fillings during routine appointments and recommend replacement or repair if necessary. It's essential to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly, to help maintain the longevity of your fillings and prevent decay or damage.

The choice between a direct or indirect filling depends on the extent of the tooth damage and your dentist's recommendation. Here's a general guide:

  1. Direct Fillings: These are placed directly into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They are typically used for smaller cavities or minor tooth damage. Common direct filling materials include composite resin and dental amalgam.

  2. Indirect Fillings (Ceramic Inlays and Onlays): These are fabricated outside of the mouth and then placed into the tooth. They are used for larger cavities or when more tooth structure needs to be restored.

Your dentist will assess the extent of the damage and recommend the most suitable type of filling for your specific case. Factors such as the size and location of the cavity, the condition of the surrounding teeth, and your oral health will be taken into consideration when determining the best filling option for you.

If there is a cavity present, it's important to get it filled, even if it's not causing immediate discomfort or pain. Cavities are caused by decay, a progressive disease that can worsen over time if left untreated.

Getting a dental filling for a cavity can prevent the decay from spreading further and causing more significant damage to the tooth. Untreated cavities can lead to complications such as toothaches, infections, and even tooth loss.

Early intervention with dental filling treatment can help preserve the natural tooth structure and prevent the need for more extensive and costly dental procedures in the future. It's essential to address cavities promptly to maintain optimal oral health and prevent further complications.

It's generally best to wait until the anesthesia has worn off before eating to avoid accidentally biting your cheek, lip or tongue. Once the numbness subsides, you can eat as you normally would, but it's advisable to start with soft foods and avoid hot or hard foods that could irritate the treated tooth or the surrounding area.

If you received a filling made of composite resin, it's also a good idea to avoid eating or drinking anything that could stain the filling (like coffee or red wine) for the first 24 hours. Always follow any specific post-procedure instructions provided by your dentist.

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