Cavities form when food gets trapped in between teeth and gums, leading to bacteria that can form plaque and tartar. The acids in plaque dissolve tooth enamel and create holes, or cavities, in the tooth that needs filling. At The Tabas Center for Advanced Dentistry, our Philadelphia PA dentist treats cavities by filling the teeth with a composite resin to protect the tooth from further damage. Cavities should be treated before tooth decay sets in. If the tooth decays to the point of breakage, it may require a root canal.
Our Philadelphia PA dentist uses materials such as porcelain, composite resin and gold for fillings. Composite fillings are tooth colored fillings that are placed towards the front of the mouth to maintain an aesthetic appearance. They are more natural and more suited to match teeth. White composite resin fillings are becoming more popular than ever due to their natural ability to match teeth. Composite bonds well to teeth, making them almost unbreakable as well Composite can be more prone to chipping and cracking than other types of filling material, however.
Our Philadelphia PA dentist also carries gold fillings, which are very durable and can last for a very long time. Silver fillings are also known to be strong and durable, but they don’t match the color of regular teeth like composite fillings. They’re also more susceptible to cracks and breakage. Silver and gold fillings are also more expensive and require multiple visits to place on the teeth. We encourage patients to practice proper oral health habits to keep their fillings fresh and to prevent future problems with cavities and tooth decay. Daily brushing and flossing is a must, as is annual cleanings at our offices to help to get rid of deeper debris that brushing and flossing alone cannot reach.