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Dental Filling

A dental filling is a procedure carried out to repair a tooth damaged by decay or caries. It is necessary to enable the tooth to function normally and maintain its shape. 

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What is a Dental Filling?


What is a Dental Filling?

The decay inside the tooth is removed by your dentist, the damaged area is cleaned and the clean cavity is then filled with a filling material.


This is an effective procedure that prevents further decay, as it prevents bacteria from multiplying by filling up the extra space inside the tooth.

Do I Need a Dental Filling?

You may need dental fillings if you have:

Tooth Decay


One of the most common reasons for needing a filling is tooth decay. You need to remove the decayed portion of your tooth to prevent it from causing further damage (leave this to fester, and you might require more invasive treatment such as a root canal treatment or an extraction).


A filling is then placed into the cleaned cavity to seal and protect your remaining tooth and restore its form, shape, and function. If your cavity is considerably large, your dentist may recommend having a crown or onlay.



Chipped or Broken Teeth


Fillings can also be used to repair and protect chipped or broken teeth. Chips or breaks in teeth expose the inner layers of the teeth and can cause plaque and bacteria to build up, which eventually lead to tooth decay. 



Worn Teeth


Your teeth can become significantly worn down due to many factors. These include tooth grinding, reflux disease, or an erosive diet to name a few Your dentist can use tooth-coloured composite filling material to rebuild your lost tooth structure and protect your remaining teeth. 



Tooth Abnormalities


Specific tooth abnormalities such as minerally-deficient or small teeth can be restored and protected using dental fillings.



Dysfunctional Bite


Fillings can also be added to some of your teeth’s chewing surfaces to even and balance out your bite, making it more harmonious and functional.

Do I Need a Dental Filling?


Types of Dental Fillings

  • Composite Resin

Composite resin filling is a tooth-coloured filling material that is known to be long-lasting, durable, and aesthetic. It tends to be used on your front teeth and in more external cavities.


  • Glass Ionomer

Glass ionomer is also a tooth-coloured filling material. It is used more in deep cavities as it has a therapeutic, healing effect, therefore reducing chances of post-operative sensitivity or pain.


  • X Metal Fillings or Amalgam

All Nuffield Dental Practices are amalgam and mercury-free, in conjunction with our practice of Holistic Dentistry.

Types of Dental Fillings


What Does the Procedure Involve?

Stage 1: Consultation

  • Dental Assessment 

At your dental check-up, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth. You will need to take the necessary X-rays and will be informed about any conditions that require a filling, or if other treatment options such as a crown or an onlay would be preferable. 


  • Deciding on a Filling Material 
Your filling material will be decided according to your situation and expectations.

Stage 3: Post-Operative Care

After the procedure, your dentist will give you instructions on how to look after your filling and also provide oral hygiene and health advice. Fillings that are done well and looked after meticulously can potentially last many years or even a lifetime.

Stage 2: Placement of Your Filling

  • Placement of your filling can last from 15 minutes to 1 hour, depending on its size.
  • You can opt to have local anaesthesia to numb the tooth (especially for larger cavities) to make the procedure painless and more comfortable.
  • Your dentist will gently remove the weakened or decayed parts of the tooth first. The filling is then placed and shaped into your cavity and polished till it is smooth and harmonious with your bite.
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Why Choose Nuffield Dental?

Nuffield Dental is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary dental care centre. At Nuffield, we put you first. We believe in providing personalised service for each patient.

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Nuffield Dental is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary dental care centre. Here at Nuffield Dental, we pride ourselves of our personalised oral care for each and every one of our patients. We need to make sure you get all the help you need to make your dental procedures more comfortable, accessible and seamless.


Our dentists have specialised in general dentistry services for more than 20 years. We have accredited dental specialists who are skilled in the area of dental implant surgery.

Dental Fillings Cost in Singapore?

Please call one of our Nuffield Dental clinics in Singapore for pricing details.

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