When you are in need of a Philadelphia general dentist, a great place to go to is The Tabas Center for Advanced Dentistry. Dr. Norman Tabas’s practice features Cosmetic and General Dentistry. Oftentimes people come to our practice when they are in need of dental fillings. Today, there are several different types of dental fillings available.
Your Philadelphia general dentist at Tabas Center for Advanced Dentistry offers several types of fillings. Traditional fillings are very durable and are useful when restored teeth need to withstand strong forces from chewing. These traditional fillings are useful for teeth that are near the back of the mouth. However, there are also a new breed of ceramic and plastic compounds that are used for filling teeth; they copy the appearance of natural teeth and are often called composite resins. These fillings are most useful on teeth in the front of the mouth, when a natural, blended-in appearance is most important. Composite resin fillings can also be used on back teeth depending on the extent of tooth decay. Tooth-colored fillings are a bit more involved to apply than the more traditional fillings. The tooth-colored filling is applied in layers. A special light is used to harden each layer, as it is applied. When the layering is completed, the dentist will shape the material, remove any excess, and then polish the resulting filling.
Perhaps you are one of the lucky few who has yet to need a dental filling! However, every one of us usually needs this dental service sooner or later. When you go to your Philadelphia general dentist for a tooth filling, at The Tabas Center for Advanced Dentistry, the dentist will first use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. The decayed portion of the tooth will then be removed using our state-of-the-art dental equipment. In order to be sure that the entire decayed area has been removed, the area will be probed with a dental instrument. Once all decay is removed, the space is cleared of any remaining bacteria and debris. If decay is close to the root, care will be taken to put in a special liner to protect the root. Then once the filling is completed, the dentist will make sure that the tooth with its new filling is comfortable for you to bite on. Once the filling process is completed, the filling will be polished. Now your tooth is ready to be chewed with, and any discomfort you were feeling before treatment, will be gone!