At The Tabas Center for Advanced Dentistry we provide Philadelphia PA dental care for patients. Fillings are some of our most common types of dental procedures. Fillings are used when a cavity has created a hole in the tooth, causing pain, swelling and sensitivity to hot and cold sensations. Our fillings are usually done with a composite type material and are close to the same color as teeth. Composite fillings are placed towards the front of the mouth to maintain an aesthetic appearance due to their natural appearance and ability to closely match the color of real teeth.
Our Philadelphia PA dental care office does provide gold fillings, which are very durable and can last for many years, however they are expensive and may need more than one visit to place them over teeth. We also provide silver fillings, which are also known to be strong and durable. Silver does not match teeth as well as composite. They’re also more susceptible to cracks and breakage. White composite resin fillings are becoming more popular than ever, due to their unbreakable qualities as well as because of their natural ability to match real teeth. Composite bonds well to teeth, making them less prone to cracks and breakage than silver and gold. The drawback to composite is that it is still prone to chipping and cracking and there are other types of filling material that may be more ideal in that way.
Our Philadelphia PA dental care office educates all of our patients and encourages them to practice proper oral health habits in order to keep their fillings fresh and to help prevent future problems with cavities and tooth decay. Daily brushing and flossing is the biggest part in helping keep teeth clean, as is annual cleanings at our offices to help to get rid of deeper debris that brushing and flossing alone cannot reach.