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Dental Fillings Philadelphia, PA

Dental fillings are one of the most common general dental treatments we provide. They are something that most patients will experience at least once in their lifetime. Dental fillings play an important role in the long-term maintenance of a healthy smile.

What Can Dental Fillings Fix?

You can fix tooth decay or tooth damage in just one visit to our Philadelphia office with a dental filling. Treating tooth decay or damage promptly prevents tooth loss and other problems that arise from compromised oral health. Regular dental visits with Dr. Shulman give our team the chance to monitor the condition of your teeth and gums. We will effectively spot signs of decay or disease early in development before they become bigger problems.

Modern dental fillings made from composite resin protect teeth without using unsightly metals. Composite fillings blend in with teeth for a natural look that is also long-lasting. If you already have old broken metal fillings, Dr. Shulman can easily replace them with white fillings. Our white fillings for an instant smile makeover.

Dental Fillings in Northeast Philadelphia, PA

Dental Fillings Procedure: What to Expect

Before conducting treatment, Dr. Shulman will assess the tooth or teeth that need the dental filling. He will do a dental exam and create a plan to address your cavities. The plan will detail the filling process and include what types of dental fillings will work best for you.

To begin, he will use an anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth for patient’s comfort. Then he will clean the tooth and fill it with a tooth-colored biocomposite compound. A special light will then cure the material.

Once the dentist seals the tooth, he will polish it for a finishing touch. With the right dental care, a white dental filling will last for years to come. This procedure not only stops tooth damage and dental problems that tooth decay causes, but also improves your dental health.

Inlays and Onlays

Sometimes, a dental filling isn’t enough to take care of a large area of tooth decay. But it may not be enough decay to warrant a full dental crown, either. In these cases, the dentist may suggest an inlay or an onlay.

Inlays are dental restorations that sit on the biting surface of the tooth, but don’t impact the cusps of the tooth. It fills in the area between the cusps of your tooth. Your dentist will use them when you need a little more fortification than a traditional filling can provide. The inlay helps restore the strength of your natural tooth.

Onlays are sometimes called partial dental crowns because of the job they do. Not only do they fill in the biting surface, but they take care of the cusps as well. Onlays help you to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. Dental crowns require a lot of shaping and taking away a large portion of the tooth.

Dental Fillings FAQs

Are dental fillings painful?

Dental fillings themselves are not painful. Cavities cause pain in the teeth and gums and fillings will help relieve the pain.

How do white fillings compare to metal fillings?

White fillings consist of a safe biocomposite compound. Traditional metal fillings consist of dental amalgam that may contain elemental mercury. Metal or amalgam fillings last longer. You may want to replace your metal fillings with white composite fillings because the compound is safer and blends in with natural teeth.

What causes tooth decay?

Untreated damage on your tooth or poor oral hygiene can cause tooth decay. When damage compromises the protective layer of enamel, a cavity will form. Bacteria then reaches the inner layers of dentin, causing decay which will continue to spread.

How do I know if I need treatment?

In the early stages you may notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Later, a toothache that doesn’t subside may occur. If you experience any discomfort in your teeth then you should see your dentist for a diagnosis. Otherwise, the decay may eventually lead to an infection or abscess, which requires more invasive treatment options.

Do you offer tooth-colored fillings?

Yes. Instead of using metal we employ a composite resin. The compound is metal-free and we can shade it to match the rest of the tooth. In addition, a tooth-colored filling won’t expand with time, reducing the risk of further decay or infection.

What if I need a crown?

In some cases the decay may be too advanced for a filling. However, we can remove the decay and place a dental crown. In fact, with CEREC technology we can now create and place a lifelike dental crown in a single visit. If you have any questions about treating cavities or our restoration options then please contact our office today.

Request A Dental Exam Near You Today!

If you have concerns about the health or stability of your teeth or have damaged teeth, schedule a visit with Dr. Shulman. Call our Northeast Philadelphia dental office today at (215) 372-1142 for comfortable and convenient professional dental treatment.