A filling is a material used to fill a cavity in a tooth. There are two types:
Amalgam Fillings: These are the filling patients often refer to as “silver” fillings. They are placed predominately on back teeth due to their strength and longevity. Amalgam fillings are soft when first placed and take 24 hours to fully harden. It is normal for a patient to experience cold, hot, and/or chewing sensitivity on freshly placed fillings for several weeks following placement.
Composite Fillings: These are the fillings that are commonly referred to as “white” fillings. These fillings are typically placed on front teeth but can be placed in the back teeth as well. They are placed soft and immediately hardened with a blue light. It is normal for a patient to experience cold, hot and/or chewing sensitivity on freshly placed fillings for several weeks following placement.
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