Things you need to know about tooth filling services

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Tooth filling is a dental treatment technique commonly used to overcome gaps in teeth, cavities, chipped teeth, etc., helping to restore aesthetic beauty as well as improve customers' chewing ability. We invite you to learn about types of dental filling materials, costs, processes and frequently asked questions about this service in the article below.

Tooth filling is a technique of adding artificial tooth enamel to restore tooth tissue, improve tooth function and make teeth better overall in both color and shape. Normally, dentists will prescribe fillings for front teeth and molars in cases of mild tooth decay, gaps between teeth, small chipped teeth or fillings to replace old fillings.

Current dental filling materials are very diverse in materials, colors and prices. Depending on the condition of your teeth and needs, you can choose to fill your teeth with Amalgam, Composite, precious metals, porcelain or GIC material. Please consult your doctor at Nhan Tam Dental Clinic after your examination to know which material is suitable for the best results.

What is tooth filling?

Tooth filling is a technique of adding artificial tooth enamel to restore tooth tissue, improve tooth function and make teeth better overall in both color and shape.

Tooth fillings are performed for the following purposes:

  • Treatment and prevention of dental diseases: By covering artificial enamel on the outside of real teeth, dental fillings can isolate teeth from harmful factors such as sugar, acid from food, temperature, and chewing force,…
  • Improve tooth color: By covering the tooth crown with a thin layer of artificial enamel, dull and yellow stains on the teeth will be effectively hidden.
  • Restoring tooth shape: Thanks to the addition of artificial enamel, missing tooth tissues will be supplemented, thereby restoring tooth shape.

Tooth filling technique

Cases where dental fillings should be performed

Although tooth filling is a simple and widely used treatment technique, not all cases are suitable for tooth filling because it depends on the pathology and the level of damage that the tooth has encountered. Normally, dentists will prescribe dental fillings in the following cases:

Decayed tooth

Tooth decay is a very common dental disease caused by bacteria. Improper cleaning and care of teeth will cause leftover food to get stuck on teeth, creating conditions for bacteria to multiply and destroy teeth. Over time, tooth enamel will gradually wear away and cavities will appear on the surface.

At that time, cavity filling technique will help fill cavities, narrow the area of ​​damaged teeth and prevent cavities from spreading to other healthy tissues.

Chipped teeth

Dental fillings repair chipped or broken teeth

Teeth that are broken or chipped due to accidents, trauma, or strong impacts will have a negative impact on chewing function. In case of chipped front teeth, the aesthetic beauty is also lost. By using specialized materials in dentistry to fill chipped incisors and molars, these teeth will be restored to their original shape.

However, tooth filling is only suitable for situations where there are few chips or breaks, but for people with large chipped teeth, larger than 1/3 of the tooth crown area, filling them will not be effective. High. The filling at this time is not only not aesthetically pleasing but is also prone to peeling.

Sparse teeth

In case a customer has gapped teeth, especially in the front teeth, they can still use filling materials to fill the gap. However, the technique of filling gapped front teeth is only suitable for customers whose gapped teeth are no more than 2mm wide.

Filling front teeth fixes the problem of gapped teeth

Filling replaces old filling

Filling is not a permanent solution. After being used for a long time, the filling will gradually wear out due to the impact of chewing and biting food. When the filling comes off, you will need to re-fill the tooth.

Common dental filling materials

Current dental filling materials are very diverse in materials, colors and prices. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, specifically as follows:


Amalgam fillings or silver fillings are dental filling materials that have been used for a long time and are also the materials with the lowest price among modern filling materials today. The composition of this material includes metals such as zinc, silver, tin, copper and even mercury.

Use Amalgam material to fill teeth


  • High durability, the lifespan of the filling can be up to 10 - 15 years.
  • Good ability to withstand chewing force.
  • The cost is cheaper than other dental filling materials.


- Aesthetics are not high because the color is not similar to real teeth.

There is a health risk due to the presence of mercury in the ingredients.


Composite tooth filling is a method that brings good results and high aesthetic beauty and is widely applied in dental centers today.


  • Has the same color as natural teeth, can be used to fill teeth in all positions, including easily visible tooth positions such as front teeth.
  • Good bearing capacity, ensuring chewing ability for customers.
  • Safe, benign, does not cause irritation or other negative effects on health.

Composite dental fillings are a very widely used method today


  • The durability of Composite material is not as high as Amalgam, normally the lifespan of this material can be maintained for 5 years.
  • Not very effective when used to fill cavities with large cavities.

Tooth filling with Porcelain

Another tooth filling technique that many customers choose today is tooth filling using Inlay - Onlay ceramic material. This is also a suitable measure to fix cracked or large chipped teeth that require more complex treatment methods.


  • Has the same color as real teeth, ensuring good aesthetics.
  • More resistant to corrosion and stains than composite materials.
  • Relatively long lifespan, up to 10 years.


  • The cost of implementation is higher than filling teeth with Composite and Amalgam.

Tooth filling with Gold

Tooth filling with gold

Using fillings made of gold or other precious metals such as silver or copper will help increase the strength of the filling.


  • The cost is relatively high due to the relatively expensive cost of precious metals.
  • Customers need 2 dental appointments to perfect this technique.

GIC material

GIC is the abbreviation for Glass Lonomer Cement, this is a material made from polyacrylic acid and fluoro aluminosilicate (a substance found in glass).


  • The composition of GIC material contains fluoride, so when used to fill cavities, it will help prevent tooth decay from getting worse.
  • Able to firmly adhere to teeth and limit cracking of fillings.
  • Long lifespan, can be durable for 8 to 10 years.


  • The aesthetic beauty is not high because the color of the material is not the same as the natural tooth color.

Tooth filling with GIC material

Thus, the types of dental filling materials on the market today are relatively diverse, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. To understand which material is most suitable for your condition, you should go directly to the dental clinic and discuss specifically with the doctor.

Tooth filling process at Nhan Tam dental clinic

Tooth fillings are known as a way to restore aesthetic beauty and chewing ability to damaged teeth. Although this technique is not too complicated, it still needs to comply with dental standards to ensure oral health as well as maintain long-term restoration results.

Therefore, you need to choose the right reputable dental clinic like Nhan Tam Dental Clinic with a team of highly skilled and experienced doctors to safely carry out the tooth filling process.

Nhan Tam Dental Clinic's team of highly skilled and experienced doctors

Direct tooth filling process

The direct filling process is relatively simple and usually only takes one dental appointment to complete. Steps for direct tooth filling include:

1. General examination and customer consultation

First, the doctor will conduct an examination, take X-rays and evaluate the condition of the tooth that needs filling. From there, accurately determine the medical condition and tooth size that needs filling to advise customers on the appropriate materials to choose to achieve effective tooth restoration and regain aesthetic beauty and function. Eat and chew to the maximum.

2. Anesthetize and clean teeth

The doctor will perform local anesthesia in the area where the tooth needs filling. In the case of deep tooth filling, the tooth cavity will be cleaned with specialized tools before filling. In addition, customers will also have their oral cavity cleaned by removing leftover food, plaque and tartar.

3. Tooth filling

Fill the tooth and cure the filling material with a laser light

In this step, the filling material will be poured into the previously cleaned filling cavity or cavity. At first, the dental filling material exists in liquid form. After the impact of light from laser irradiation, it will gradually harden through photopolymerization reactions.

4. Adjust the filling and check the bite

When the filling material has hardened on the tooth, the doctor needs to adjust the filling, remove excess filling material so that the bite is balanced and the customer does not have problems while chewing. Finally, the doctor will smooth the surface of the filling to make the tooth smoother.

Indirect dental filling process

Indirect tooth filling is the Inlay - Onlay ceramic tooth filling technique. This is the most modern tooth filling method today, helping to reduce the gap between the tooth tissue and the filling. The specific implementation process is as follows:

1. General examination and customer consultation

Customers can be prescribed dental X-rays if necessary

First, the doctor will order the customer to take X-rays, evaluate the condition of the teeth that need filling, determine the size, then clearly inform the customer of the dental situation as well as specific treatment techniques.

2. Give local anesthesia and clean the tooth area that needs filling

Customers will have food debris, plaque, and tartar stuck on their teeth cleaned. Next, the doctor will apply local anesthesia to the area where the tooth needs to be filled. In case of a deep tooth filling, the doctor will scrape out the cavity using specialized tools.

3. Take a jaw impression

Once the teeth have been cleaned, the doctors will take an impression of the customer's jaw to shape the filling according to the size and shape of the hole in the tooth. Usually, customers will be scheduled for a follow-up visit after a few days to complete the dental filling process.

4. Gắn cố định miếng trám

Permanently attach the filling to the tooth to complete the dental filling process

Once completed, the filling will be permanently attached to the tooth through specialized dental cement.

How much does a tooth filling cost?

The actual price of a tooth filling will be influenced by the filling material used as well as each person's dental condition. To understand the exact cost of dental fillings for your condition, you should go to reputable dental clinics for examination and receive advice directly from the doctor.

The price of tooth filling depends on the customer's dental condition

Depending on the level of pathology and damage to the teeth: Tooth decay, more or less broken teeth, the level of tooth restoration varies. This will affect the answer to the question how much does a tooth filling cost?

The cost of dental fillings varies depending on the filling material used

The cost of dental fillings varies depending on the filling material used

The dental filling material used is also an important factor that determines the cost of dental filling services. As mentioned above, current filling materials are very diverse from color, material to price such as Amalgam, Composite, porcelain, gold, GIC material, etc. Depending on the dental condition, doctors will will advise customers on appropriate filling materials.

To be proactive in examining and performing dental fillings, you should learn in advance about good, reputable, quality dental facilities as well as the price list for dental fillings at these centers to best prepare economically. international.

In addition to tooth condition and filling materials, different dental centers will also have different service prices. Below is the latest updated dental filling price list at Nhan Tam Dental Clinic, please follow along:

Dental veneers, cosmetic dental fillingsTooth700,000 VND
Sinus composite filling 4 (Caries between incisors and biting edge)Tooth600,000 VND
Sinus composite filling 2 (Deep side of premolars and molars)Tooth800,000 - 1,000,000VND
Composite sinus filling 1 (Deep occlusal surface)Tooth400,000 VND
Sinus composite filling 3 (Caries between incisors and canines)Tooth500,000 VND
Sinus composite filling 5 (Tooth neck defect)Tooth400,000 VND
Preventive sealant applicationTooth400,000 VND
Filling baby teethTooth300,000 VND
Temporary filling with EUTooth100,000 VND

Frequently asked questions about dental filling services

Does a tooth filling need to destroy the tooth pulp?

In fact, not all tooth filling cases require a root canal. If the customer's teeth have small defects, sparse teeth, gaps, mild tooth decay, or slightly worn roots, there is no need to undergo root canal treatment before filling.

However, if the tooth pulp has been affected by severe tooth decay, the doctor will prescribe root canal treatment before filling. At this time, the customer will have their teeth scaled, root canal treated and then filled to restore the tooth to its old shape, compensating for lost tooth tissue so that the tooth is more aesthetic and can chew normally return.

Root canal treatment is needed before filling if the tooth pulp is infected

Do tooth filling hurt?

In case a customer needs a tooth filling to restore aesthetics when their teeth are sparse, gapped, or slightly chipped or broken, the doctor will only clean the area of ​​the tooth that needs treatment, apply the filling material to the tooth, and freeze it. they are perfect. These operations do not affect or invade the tooth structure, so you will feel absolutely no discomfort or pain during the procedure.

In cases where the tooth is severely decayed or has a large fracture affecting the tooth pulp, the customer needs to have root canal treatment first and then proceed with filling.

During root canal treatment, a feeling of sensitivity and slight throbbing will appear. However, this feeling is not too uncomfortable or heavy because you have previously received local anesthesia.

Sensitive and slightly throbbing sensations may occur when filling a tooth to destroy the pulp

Besides, whether tooth filling is painful or not depends on the treatment technology applied and the skills of the dental team. Doctors with high professional qualifications and extensive experience not only control the dental filling process well, minimizing the risk of sensitivity for customers with sensitive physiques, but also help create beautiful, adherent fillings. firmly attached to teeth, ensuring both chewing function and aesthetics.

How long does it take to get a tooth filling done?

The time it takes to perform a tooth filling depends on the level of disease and chipping of the tooth. Usually, it will only take about 15 to 20 minutes to fill a gap in a tooth, a chipped tooth or a cavity on the surface.

In the case of a decayed molar filling, the doctor needs to take the additional step of scraping out the cavity using specialized dental tools. This is a necessary operation to remove decayed tooth tissue and avoid further spread of bacteria. Depending on the expertise and experience of the performing doctor, the time to fill a cavity can range from 30 to 40 minutes.

The time it takes to fill a tooth depends on the severity of the tooth's pathology

In case of severe tooth decay that affects the tooth pulp, specifically pulpitis, the customer needs root canal treatment before proceeding with tooth restoration options. If root canal treatment is needed, customers will need 2 - 4 dental appointments.

What to do after tooth filling?

After performing a dental filling, whether it is a front tooth filling or a molar filling, you should also pay attention to the following things so that the filling will be as durable and long-lasting as possible:

  • Do not eat or drink and take time to rest for about 2 hours after filling to let the filling material completely harden.
  • Use medication exactly as directed by your doctor to reduce sensitivity and pain, if any, after dental fillings.
  • In the case of cosmetic tooth fillings, you should minimize dark foods such as tea, soft drinks, coffee, etc. to avoid discoloring your teeth.
  • Eating is also one of the issues that need attention after tooth filling. You should not eat too much food that is too tough or too hard because too much chewing force can cause the filling to come off.
  • You should eat foods that are soft, liquid, and easy to swallow so that your teeth are not impacted too much in the early stages of filling.
  • Clean your teeth regularly twice a day, about 30 minutes after eating. Use toothpaste with fluoride in it to help strengthen teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth with salt water or mouthwash to completely kill harmful bacteria in the oral cavity.

Keep your teeth clean after filling

Where is a good place to get tooth fillings?

Nhan Tam Dental Clinic is a reputable, quality and safe dental address that is trusted and chosen by both domestic and foreign customers. Every year, the doctors and staff here successfully perform thousands of tooth fillings and other dental services.

Coming to Nhan Tam, customers will be directly examined and filled with dental fillings by experienced, highly specialized, and skilled doctors. With solid expertise, professional working style and thoughtfulness, the doctors will bring customers the most optimal dental restoration results, suitable for each person's tooth condition.

In addition, Nhan Tam Dental Clinic also applies modern dental filling technology with Laser, which helps accelerate the process of hardening the filling material, helping the filling adhere well to the tooth and providing optimal effectiveness in improving the teeth. defects in teeth.

Nhan Tam Dental Clinic is a recent prestigious and top quality dental address in Vietnam

Each of Nhan Tam's customers is treated in a dental office with full modern equipment, an advanced dental chair system fully integrated with specialized equipment that is absolutely sterile. In addition, each customer can also use a separate set of tools and handpieces, so you do not need to worry about infection or cross-contamination.

The dental filling process meets standards, following the steps set out by the Ministry of Health, providing optimal results, the treatment process is painless and ensures long-term oral health.

Hopefully, after reading today's article from Nhan Tam Dental Clinic, you will have a better understanding of the tooth filling method and answer your concerns about this method. If you have any unclear problems or need more clear advice about your dental condition and appropriate solutions, please stop by Nhan Tam Dental Clinic at 807 3/2 Street, Ward 7, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City today to receive free support from doctors.