Fillings help to remove damage caused by tooth decay. The cause of this damage is plaque.
Small tooth defects are restored using filling materials. Large tooth defects may develop due to various reasons, however, the most common is tooth decay (caries). Fillings help to remove damage caused by tooth decay. The cause of this damage is plaque.
Treatment of tooth decay is usually done in a single visit. Most often, but now always, local anesthesia is done to reduce patient discomfort. However, the decision to administer local anesthesia depends on the scope of the defect and patient’s wishes.
After the damaged tissues are removed, the cavity is filled using filling material, the bite is adjusted, and the surface is polished so that the patient would be comfortable to chew.
In rare cases, the tooth cannot be treated in a single visit, e. g., due to deep or large cavities. The cavity would be filled using temporary filling material, which would be replaced with a permanent filling material during a subsequent visit. In cases of very deep carious lesions, the cavity may be filled using a therapeutic filling material in order to preserve tooth vitality and avoid root canal treatment. It is very important to continue treatment according to the clinician’s recommendations.
If plaque is not removed after tooth filling, the plaque causes decay at the tooth and filling interface, and the filling may need early replacement. Dental treatment should be performed in a timely manner to avoid large or deep defects. In cases of deep cavities, the pulp of the tooth may become inflamed and require root canal treatment.
When are tooth fillings insufficient, and need to be restored using prosthetics?
Tooth are under heavy load during chewing, and if the defect is very large (only thin walls remaining) or a very large amount of filling material is necessary, usually fillings are not recommended, as the longevity of the restoration is questionable. In these cases, especially after root canal treatment, it is recommended to restore teeth prosthodontically.
What defines high-quality tooth fillings?
The improvement of filling materials allow to expand their area of use, and it has become a more affordable and less invasive treatment option instead of tooth prosthetics. The quality of the filling is very important, the margins need to be smooth in order to avoid plaque accumulation and facilitate cleaning.
A quality filling should not disturb the bite, it should restore the contact point and not restrict jaw movements to the sides. Fillings wear quicker than tooth enamel, therefore they need to be checked regularly. Old or insufficient fillings need to be replaced.
Tooth decay may cause teeth to be sensitive to hot, cold or sweet food. Small defects usually do not cause any symptoms. When the cavity progresses, unpleasant sensations may appear. It is important to note that tooth decay sometimes does not cause any discomfort and patients do not recognize they have a problem. As such, regular visits to the dentist are needed to avoid extensive treatment in the future.
Tooth filling price list
The cost is determined during consultation and may be adjusted during treatment.
Prof. med.dr. V. Rutkūnas
Full-crown restoration of molar tooth
170,00 – 200,00 €
Estetinis dantų plombavimas
Prof. med.dr. V. Rutkūnas
Restoration of tooth edges
Full tooth cosmetic bonding
160,00 – 230,00€
Kitos rekomenduojamos paslaugos
ProDentum klinika turi platų paslaugų spektrą ir suteikia pacientams aukščiausio profesionalumo paslaugas.
ADIP protocol includes digital and analog technology used for everything from diagnostic imaging, implant planning to final restoration using special devices for measuring accuracy.
Implant placement using dynamic navigation
Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure where high precision is of greatest importance. Extra-precise dental implant positioning has a lower risk of complications, and occasionally allows us to avoid bone augmentation.
Often large scale tooth crown defects cannot be restored using fillings. In these cases, inlays, onlays or crowns may be used to restore damaged teeth.
Treatment of worn teeth
Non-carious lesions, also called tooth wear, is another factor that influences the need for dental work.
If a tooth is severely damaged and there are no reasonable ways to restore it, such tooth must be extracted. A minimally injuring (atraumatic) tooth extraction allows for a smoother implant placement in the future.
In ProDentum clinic, root canal treatment is performed by highly qualified professionals using leading technology (digital radiology, microscopy and other measures) to achieve the highest quality root canal treatment.
Dental treatment under sedation
Some patients experience severe discomfort during dental procedures. They may have various fears of sound (made by dental instruments), touch, pricking, smells, unusual environment and other anxieties.
Alveolar augmentation using bone blocks/bone substitutes
Alveolar augmentation using a bone block is a surgical procedure where a piece of bone is taken from a donor site in the jaw, and placed in a recipient site.
Effective tooth whitening
Tooth whitening procedures are performed to improve the appearance of the teeth. The procedure may be carried out on several teeth or all teeth.
Biomimetic dentistry, minimally invasive dentistry
In many cases of different prosthetic methods, the biggest drawback of such procedures - tooth grinding - is unavoidable.
Sports mouth guards
Sports and injuries go hand to hand. Injuries of the face and teeth are some of the most traumatizing.
Tests and consultations
The goal of all consultations in the ProDentum clinic is to create the most detailed treatment plan which is acceptable in all aspects, taking in consideration patient's general health and the condition of the masticatory system, patient's complaints, financial ability and preferences.