Dental Fillings

When tooth decay happens, a dental filling may be needed to repair the tooth from the damage of the tooth decay.

Our dentists will start by conducting a preliminary examination of the affected teeth to assess whether they can be salvaged and the best course of action based on the patient’s needs and expectations.

What are dental fillings for?

Dental fillings are applied to preserve a tooth’s health by halting the decay caused by a cavity and patching up the hole caused by the tooth decay.

What type of dental fillings are often used?

Tooth filling materials include metal amalgams (consisting of mercury) and composite resin.

Today, most dentists would choose dental fillings without mercury in them.

Amalgam fillings

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Gentle Smile Dental Studio is a mercury-free practice.

Dental amalgam has been used to restore decayed teeth since 1830.

Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of about 50% mercury. Mercury vapour is released upon removal of amalgam filling.

Assuming you have mercury fillings, we can take this opportunity to remove these fillings using an internationally-recognised safety protocol.

Composite Resin restorations

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The most common used direct filling material at Gentle Smile Dental Studio. The technology used in composite resin allows it to be bonded/adhered to the tooth. With proper oral maintenance, composite resin restorations can last more than a decade.

Composite resin is tooth coloured, offering an aesthetic pleasing option for tooth restoration.

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, we follow a strict application protocol when we are placing composite resin restoration to improve the lifespan of the restoration.

Indirect Ceramic Fillings

Indirect ceramic filling is a dental procedure used for moderate-sized cavities. It’s more extensive than a regular filling but less extensive than a full crown, serving as a middle-ground restoration option.

Indirect fillings are custom-made in a dental lab and then bonded to the tooth. There are two methods.


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In contrast, onlays are dental restorations that cover one or more raised points on your tooth called cusps.

It’s like adding a protective cap to the tooth to make it strong again.

They’re used when the damage to your tooth is quite extensive, and it needs to be restored over a large portion of the chewing surface.

Tooth filling cost

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, filling a cavity or tooth fillings starts from around $200 and can vary depending on several factors. These factors include the type of material used and the complexity of the filling.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dental fillings painful?

Depending on the depth of the filling, dental fillings can cause discomfort, but pain can be minimized with local anesthesia.

Are dental fillings safe?

Yes, dental fillings are generally safe. They are widely used to repair cavities and restore tooth function. If you have a mercury filling that needs work, we follow the internationally-recognised Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique.

What are dental fillings made of?

We only use dental composites when filling cavities. However, dentists have long used metal amalgam (consisting of 50% mercury), which is the other alternative dental filling material.

When do dental fillings need to be replaced?

Dental fillings typically need replacement when they show signs of wear, cracking, or leakage, or if new decay develops around them. Regular dental check-ups can help determine if a filling needs replacement. The lifespan of a filling varies, often lasting many years.

What do dental fillings cost in Singapore?

Dental fillings at our clinic start at $200 depending on various factors such as complexity and how much filling is needed.

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