A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.
By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), and an amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).
• Stops the cavity from growing
• Improves the structure of the tooth
• Strengthens fractured teeth
• Tooth fillings can improve the color of your teeth
• Protects your teeth from decay
Only your dentist can detect whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled. During a checkup, your dentist will use a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth. Anything that looks abnormal will then be closely checked with special instruments. Your dentist may also X-ray your entire mouth or a section of it. The type of treatment your dentist chooses will depend on the extent of damage caused by decay.
The following additional steps are necessary for tooth-colored fillings. The tooth-colored material is put in layers after the decay has been removed and the area has been cleansed by your dentist. Then each layer is exposed to a specific light that “cure” or hardens it. The dentist will shape the composite material to achieve the desired result after applying multiple layers, trim off any extra material, and polish the finished repair.
The longevity of composite fillings typically ranges from 5 to 10 years, depending on oral hygiene.
Tooth filling cost is depends on the material.
Composite Filling S : IDR 400.000
Composite Filling M : IDR 500.000
Composite Filling B : IDR 600.000
Composite Filling 1 Surface : IDR 400.000
Composite Filling 2 Surfaces : IDR 750.000
Composite Filling 3 Surfaces : IDR 1.000.000
Overlay composite : IDR 1.500.000