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1. Dentistry
a. any of various substances (metal, plastic, etc.) for inserting into the prepared cavity of a tooth
b. the cavity of a tooth so filled
2. Textiles another term for weft
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in dentistry, the restoration of the shape and physiological functioning of a tooth by means of an inlay. The filling of teeth prevents progress of dental caries and isolates affected tissues from the microorganisms present in the mouth.

Cavities formed in the hard tissues of the teeth are filled with a malleable material that eventually hardens. A tooth is prepared to receive a filling by the surgical excision of tooth tissues that have lost their firmness. A cavity of a definite outline is then formed. Temporary fillings are sometimes used to cover cavities in which medicinal substances have been applied.

Permanent fillings are made from materials with sufficiently high sturdiness, hardness, and resistance to the effects of saliva. They differ little in color from the crown of the tooth and are harmless to both the tooth and the entire body. Filling materials include phosphate cements, silicate cements, silicophosphate cements, acrylic plastics, preparations based on epoxy resins, and amalgams consisting of a hard solution of metals (silver) in mercury. When filling teeth with amalgams, plastics, or silicate cements, a packing of phosphate cement or artificial dentin (zinc-sulfate cement) is made, and then the filling material is injected into the tooth canal with a special probe needle or plugger.


Groshikov, M. I., and V. K. Patrikeev. Metody diagnostiki i lecheniia v terapevticheskoi stomatologii. Moscow, 1967.
Streliukhina, T. F. Stomatologicheskie plombirovochnye materialy. Leningrad, 1969.


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The loading of trucks with any material.
An increase in the central pressure of a pressure system on a constant-height chart, or an analogous increase in height on a constant-pressure chart; the term is commonly applied to a low rather than to a high.
(mining engineering)
Allowing a mine to fill with water.
The yarn running perpendicular to the lengthwise, or warp, yarn in weaving. Also known as pick; weft; woof.
In cloth finishing, a clay or starch used to add body and weight.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. The application of a filler to fill cracks, dents, and other surface imperfections.
2. Same as infilling.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


An increase in the central pressure of a meteorological system. The term applies to a low rather than a high. Filling is the opposite of deepening.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved
References in periodicals archive ?
A total of forty extracted single rooted lower premolar teeth were used for evaluation of apical sealing ability of WMTA (Nexobio Co, Korea) as retrograde filling material.
According to results, 70% of specimens showed no leakage through retrograde filling while 20% specimens showed leakage upto 1/3rd and 10% showed leakage upto 2/3rd of retrograde filling.
(15) reported that periapical bone healing is a process that is independent of retrograde filling. In a randomized controlled study made by Christiansen et al.
It was reported that the application of retrograde filling increases the success rate of endodontic treatment (17-19).
A number of materials have historically been used for retrograde filling and perforation repair such as Gutta-percha, amalgam, Cavit, IRM, Super-EBA, glass ionomer, composite resin, carboxylate cements, zinc phosphate and zinc oxide eugenol cements.
The presence of collateral circulation together with retrograde filling of the vascular prosthesis played an important role in maintaining the viability of the organ.
[25.] Gary B Carr, Tissue reaction after intraosseous implantation of three retrograde filling, Tokyo dental college, 44, (2003).
The objective of the present study was to evaluate the efficiency of dental amalgam as retrograde filling material compared to gutta-percha.
Quantitative radioactive analysis of microleakage of four different retrograde fillings. Int Endod J 2005; 25: 183-88.

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