Dental Filling in Iran
Best Quality Dental Services with Reasonable Price
Why Dental Filling in Iran?
While dental services are expensive and may not be covered by insurance companies in many countries, Iran offers world-class dental services, either therapeutic or cosmetic, at surprisingly affordable prices. The well-equipped dental clinics in Iran offer all kinds of dental services, such as dental bridges or dentures, and orthodontic treatments.
Iran could be your first medical destination whether you need dental veneers just to make your smile more attractive, or simply an unavoidable dental filling. Moreover, there is no waiting time since you can see modern dental centers and board-certified dentists and dental surgeons in every corner of the country, especially in large cities mainly Tehran and Shiraz.
Why Iran Medical Tours?
If you wish for hassle-free travel to Iran to receive dental services, Iran Medical Tours will assist you through the whole process, from getting Iran medical visa, airport pickup, accommodation, and transfer, to the accompanying translator, medical appointments, and follow-ups after you return to your country.
We can also help you add to the quality of your trip by combining your dental filling in Iran with well-equipped dental services in Iran’s top tourist destinations such as Isfahan with its amazing architecture, Mashhad religious tour, or the North part of Iran which is a wonderful place for recovery with its pristine nature.
Then, feel free to contact us for a free consultation!
Dental Filling Process
Dental filling is one of the most common dental treatments around the globe. If it is performed at earlier stages of dental decay, tooth loss can be avoided. Dentists usually resort to tooth fillings to treat teeth damaged by cavities, also known as dental caries.
In the dental filling procedure, the dentist removes the area affected by cavities using a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser, and then cleans and dries it. If needed, the area around the affected tooth will be numbed using a local anesthetic to ensure that you do not feel any pain.
After that, he or she fills the defect using various materials, restoring the tooth to its original shape and function, and preventing decay that may result from the presence of defects or holes in the tooth. Finally, the dentist will ask you to bite on a special paper to check the height of the filling for final adjustment until it feels comfortable.
As far as tooth decay is in its earlier stage and just the enamel has been affected and the inner pulp of the tooth is healthy, the dental filling can save your tooth. It is also the best solution for broken or injured teeth and for worn-out tooth restoration.
If there is some inflammation or irritation during the operation, the patient has to wait for another session until it heals. Then, the dentist can fill the tooth.
If the decay is close to the root, the dentist puts first a liner of composite or other materials in the cavity to protect the nerves and then fills the tooth. Then, the tooth is polished so that the teeth can lay on each other properly.
If the tooth structure is destroyed, an inlay or onlay dental filling is placed on the damaged tooth indirectly. In this situation, the dentist molds the damaged tooth, sends the mold to the laboratory, and fills the tooth with a temporary filling. In the laboratory, they will make the filling with the proper material and send it to the office. In the second session, the dentist locates the laboratory-made material properly and it will attach to the tooth permanently.
How Do I Know if I Need a Filling?
When you visit your dentist for a dental check-up in Iran, the dentist examines the surfaces of your teeth looking for any abnormalities or changes. A panoramic dental X-ray image may be requested by your dentist as well. After the assessment, the dentist will discuss what kind of treatment your teeth need, and this depends on how damaged the tooth is. In the event of a simple cavity in the enamel of the tooth, the dentist removes the affected parts and fills up the little hole with one of the materials used in the dental filling.
Remember, by regular dental checkups, your decayed tooth can be diagnosed and saved sooner, so it is much easier to treat and fill.
Root Canal Treatment in Iran
Root canal treatment is a treatment for the infected or inflamed tooth pulp. The tooth pulp, also known as the pulp chamber, is the soft area in the center of the tooth or molar, within which the nerves and vessels feeding the tooth lie.
In a root canal treatment or endodontic therapy in Iran, the dentist cleans and sterilizes the pulp chamber, and then fills it with a permanent filling material.
If the decay is treated at earlier stages, the dental filling can protect the tooth from root canal treatment and extraction.
What Kinds of Filling Materials Are Available in Iran?
Dentists perform tooth filling procedures using 5 main dental fillings: gold, or silver amalgam (which is basically mercury mixed with silver, copper, zinc, and tin), composite, porcelain, and glass ionomer, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
1. Gold Fillings
Gold fillings are well tolerated by oral tissues, and it lasts for a long time. Some dental experts consider it the best material in terms of strength and durability and also for its aesthetic appearance. But it is not without some disadvantages as it is very expensive. Another disadvantage of gold fillings is that sometimes when it is placed right next to a silver amalgam filling, an electric current may result causing some pain or discomfort to the patient.
2. Silver Amalgam Fillings
Silver amalgam fillings are of low cost and high strength, but they have a dark color which makes them very obvious when you smile, talk, or open your mouth. Therefore, it is not the filling material of choice if the patient is concerned about the aesthetics of the filling, and for the same reason, they are not used for the anterior teeth. It is a better option for molars that are responsible for chewing.
Another disadvantage is that they require a relatively large area, which forces the dentist to drill a larger part. Some people also have allergies to silver fillings because they have mercury in their composition.
In cases the tooth is badly broken, the dentist may put a small stainless metal pin to support the filling.
The higher expansion and contraction rate of the amalgam may make the tooth more vulnerable to fracture by exposure to hot and cold drinks and food.
3. Composite (Plastic & Resin) Fillings
Composite fillings have the same color as your natural tooth, and because it gives the tooth a natural look after it gets filled, it is preferred by many patients. One of its drawbacks is that it can get pigmented with drinks like coffee, tea, or cigarettes. It does not also have the durability or strength like the aforementioned types have. Moreover, composite fillings are not suitable for filling large defects.
4. Porcelain Fillings
Porcelain Filling is a material made of porcelain as its name implies. It is characterized by its resistance to getting pigmented by some drinks or smoking. At the same time, it lives long, as it can last about 15 years, but they are relatively expensive. They are also the same color as the teeth. The porcelain filling usually needs more than one session.
In cases the porcelain filling is not thick enough, it could be prone to fracture. Besides, it may not be the best option for molar teeth in people who clench and grind. It is not also recommended for the tooth with large areas of decay that would be better restored with a crown.
5. Glass Ionomer Fillings
Glass ionomer is made of acrylic and a specific type of glass material, but it relatively lacks durability and resistance. There are ongoing efforts to develop this type of filling material. It is usually used for the parts below the gum line, for children’s teeth, or for small areas of decay.
Which Type of Filling Is Best?
Each type of filling material has its advantages and disadvantages. The use of one type and not the other depends upon the nature of the gap to be filled, the patient’s aesthetic demands, and the presence of allergy to a certain material, in addition to other reasons that the dentist takes into consideration regarding the patient’s condition and preferences.
All types of dental fillings are prone to develop decay at the margins or may require to be replaced from time to time. Moreover, regardless of the filling material used, any tooth that needs a filling may need a crown or root canal treatment in the future.
Just keep in mind that although dental filling can save the tooth from root canal treatment or being extracted, good oral hygiene can contribute to maintaining the filling. Daily brushing with a soft toothbrush, as well as dental floss, can improve your oral health.
As a whole, the best option must be selected by both you and your dentist regarding your situation, your medical and dental history, your overall oral health, and your aesthetic goals.
Cost of Dental Filling in Iran
The cost of dental filling in Iran varies according to different factors such as the dentist’s proficiency, the clinic’s reputation, the city where the dental service is received, and mainly to the size of the cavity and the material that is used. But the average cost for each kind of material is normally as follows:
Gold filling between $250 and $450 per tooth
Silver amalgam filling about $100 per tooth
Composite filling about $200 per tooth
Porcelain Fillings between $250 and $450 per tooth
Glass ionomer Fillings between $250 and $450 per tooth
Sometimes, you may need other dental treatments such as dental implants, dental crowns, and dental bridges, or you may wish for dental cosmetic services such as teeth whitening or smile designing (or Hollywood smile) that will add to the cost. With Iran Medical Tours, you can benefit from the best quality dental services at a reasonable price.
We can also plan to combine numerous treatments such as dental services and nose jobs or hair transplants for you in one trip to Iran.
Root Canal and Dental Fillings Procedure Steps
Sometimes, the dental specialist may recommend root canal treatment as well, while you have planned for only a dental filling in Iran. In this situation, the dentist will remove the area affected by caries, and apply filling material, or treat the root canal, passing through the following steps:
The dentist uses a local anesthetic to relieve pain.
A special drill is used to remove the damaged or decayed part, and then the tooth is cleaned thoroughly.
In the event of damage to the tooth pulp, as may be seen in the panoramic X-ray image, the dentist cleans the root canal and then widens them using a special thin tool.
The dentist uses a filling material to fill the defect, and in cases of root canal treatment, he or she places cone-shaped fillings in the nerve canals as well.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Dental Filling in Iran?
These steps may take place in one or more sessions, and if more than one session is needed, the dentist uses temporary fillings to keep the hole in the tooth clean until the following session. But the tooth filling normally takes about 15 minutes to an hour.
In the last session, the dentist may also use a prosthetic crown made of porcelain or other materials to cover the tooth.
If you have an inquiry about a dental filling in Iran, contact us for a FREE consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Filling in Iran
1. Can dental fillings be replaced?
Yes, it can be replaced with a new one in case there is decay under it, or whenever it is damaged partially, loosened, discolored (for the anterior teeth), or failed for any reason.
2. Can amalgam dental filling cause poisoning?
Although there is no clear evidence that the mercury in amalgam dental filling can cause poisoning, it is better avoided for pregnant women, children under the age of 6, as well as other high-risk groups.
3. Does dental filling hurt?
In most cases, a dental filling is safe, and the pain after the procedure is temporary.
4. Is the dental filling process performed under anesthesia?
Dentists usually use local anesthesia to reduce the pain through drilling for decay removal.
5. What are dental fillings made of?
Dental fillings are made of different materials mainly gold, silver amalgam (silver, zinc, copper, and tin mixed with mercury), porcelain, composite (plastic and resin), and glass ionomer.
6. How long do dental fillings last?
It depends on various factors such as the cavity depth and size, the type of material, and oral and dental health. Dental fillings, especially gold, and amalgam, normally last from 10 to 15 years and longer if oral hygiene is good. The relative lifetime of different dental filings are as follows: Gold 15-30 years; Amalgam 10-25 years; Composite 5-15 years; Porcelain 7-15 years; and Glass ionomer 4-6 years.
7. Which dental filling is better?
All fillings have their own advantages and disadvantages. The dentist and the patient make the decision together on which to use. Normally, composite and porcelain fillings are used for the front teeth, gold and amalgam for the back chewing teeth (molars), and glass ionomer for filling the cavities at the gum line.
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