For over 150 years, cavities were filled with amalgam, a metal mixture. While amalgam fillings are strong, they come with quite a few drawbacks for patients. Our dental office typically does not repair tooth decay with metal fillings. Instead, we opt for a safer and more aesthetically pleasing choice, composite resin, or porcelain fillings. For safe dental fillings in Philadelphia, contact Main Street Dental Center City.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
Tooth-colored dental fillings or all-white dental fillings are most often made of a composite resin. In some cases, a porcelain filling may be recommended. The composite fillings are shade-matched to your teeth so that they blend in seamlessly with your smile. Additional benefits include:
Importance of Repairing Cavities
While kids may be more prone to tooth decay, we see patients of all ages for cavity treatment. Tooth decay is one of the most common health issues in the world.
Many patients begin to detect a cavity by having tooth sensitivity. However, not all cavities will cause pain or have symptoms at first. This is one of the many reasons why keeping up with your dental check-ups is very important. Our Philadelphia dentist can detect cavities during your check-up before they begin to progress and repair them with a simple dental filling.
However, if left untreated, the cavity will continue to grow in size, destroying more of the tooth and eventually reaching the tooth's pulp. This will cause pain and can lead to a severe infection. The infection can spread to other areas of the body and become incredibly dangerous to an individual's overall health. What started as a simple cavity that could be repaired with a dental filling, now may need a root canal or possibly an extraction. Dr. Eidelson will do everything he can to save your natural tooth with a root canal, but if the entire tooth has been compromised, getting the tooth out of your body may be necessary for your health.
Dental Filling Procedure
Small to moderate-sized cavities are most often treated with a dental filling. This incredibly common dental procedure typically starts with numbing the area Dr. Eidelson will be treating. Dr. Eidelson uses The Wand for this, a virtually painless local anesthetic. He will then clean out the decay and fill the cavity with the composite resin. The filling will provide an excellent seal to the affected area so that further decay can be prevented.
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