Q. I had my filling done, and the dentist used cotton and some other material for filling it up. and in the end he used some silver metal sort of thing. so is it ok to use cotton to fill up the filling. wht is the best material for filling, and how long can a filling last??? is it that once you do filling you need to have root canal after some years??awaiting for ur reply..
A. Dear J
It is highly unlikely that your dentist used cotton wool to fill your tooth. It could be he/she placed some cotton wool against your cheek to separate your cheek from your tooth something we all do he/she would then have removed it at the end. The silver metal is probably amalgam a standard filling used for many years. The materials used to treat teeth are wide ranging and depend on the condition of your tooth and of course your budget. If a filling is very deep it can be close to the nerve (root canal) of your tooth over time the tooth can breakdown further and need root canal treatment.
I hope this helps you