Dental filling or filling treatment is a restorative form of treatment used to repair tooth damaged by decay or accident. It gives the tooth its normal shape and function. In this process, the dentist first removes the cavity causing the decay or the damaged portion of the tooth, cleans the affected portion and fills it up with filling material. This entire process of treatment takes not more than 15 minutes. Coming to filling materials, these materials can either be gold, porcelain, a composite resin or amalgam (silver). Gold and porcelain filling are the most expensive filling materials and are also long-lasting. Silver (amalgam) fillings are the tough and less expensive ones, but their dark colour makes the fillings very much noticeable. Composite resins (high quality plastic) are matched to the colour of your teeth and are highly recommended. This filling material is mixed by the dentist on the spot and placed directly onto the cavity. Filling is not a "one size that fits all" kind of a thing. Depending on the severity of your dental condition your dentist is the best person to detect your type of filling. Apart from treating and restoring the damaged tooth, dental restoration is also beneficial in preventing further decay by closing off spaces between two teeth where bacteria can enter. The cost for amalgam fillings are approximately $110 to $200, while the resin filling costs around $135 to $240 per filling, depending on the number of teeth covered. Gold and porcelain filling are the most expensive ones and costs about $1123 to $2500.
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