Dental fillings are generally used to treat teeth that are showing signs of decay or have been affected by trauma, wear, or other damage. The purpose of a dental filling is to restore strength and beauty to the tooth and to protect the tooth from future damage. Our dentist in Chester Springs, PA, Jason Petkevis, DMD uses metal-free dental fillings to achieve natural-looking, long-lasting results.
When a person smiles, it shows that he or she is warm and friendly. The key to keeping one’s smile beautiful is to keep your teeth healthy. Cavities and gum disease are two conditions that can rob the teeth of their health and beauty.
Fortunately, dental problems can be prevented by caring for your teeth properly. Brushing your teeth two-to-three times a day, flossing at least once a day, and eating a healthy diet can prevent most problems. Additionally, patients should make sure that they see their dentists twice a year for a dental checkup and teeth cleaning.
Composite Dental Fillings in Chester Springs, PA
White fillings are simply tooth-colored dental fillings. They can be made from composite resin or porcelain. Quickly becoming the standard in modern dentistry, white fillings are virtually undetectable and provide long-lasting strength and durability.
Resin Dental Fillings
Resin dental fillings are made from a biocompatible composite resin that is applied directly to the tooth. Treatment with resin dental fillings may also be known as composite bonding. Generally, Dr. Petkevis uses resin dental fillings and composite bonding for patients with minor tooth decay or damage.
Resin dental fillings are long-lasting, but not permanent. They are used as part of a conservative treatment plan to protect the tooth from future damage.
Porcelain Dental Fillings
Porcelain dental fillings may also be called inlays, onlays, or partial crowns. Used for patients with more significant damage or decay, porcelain dental fillings add additional strength to the tooth. Porcelain fillings are very long-lasting.
Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays
- An inlay covers a tooth surface or cusps (bumps) on the surface of the tooth. Inlays can be used to fix small-to-medium-sized cavities.
- An onlay, sometimes called a partial crown, is more extensive, covering two or more cusps. They can be used as a cost-effective alternative to dental crowns if the damage is not as severe.
Replacing Metal Dental Fillings
Modern advances in cosmetic dentistry mean that you no longer need to suffer from unsightly and uncomfortable silver/mercury fillings or metal margins around the gum line. Dr. Petkevis is able to replace old, broken-down amalgam (metal) fillings with white fillings for a more comfortable and natural-looking restoration.
Your old dental filling can be removed and replaced. In many cases, Dr. Petkevis will use a porcelain dental filling. If the old filling was large and removing it will compromise the tooth, Dr. Petkevis may recommend a dental crown to add additional strength.
What To Do If You Have A Broken or Missing Dental Filling
If you have lost or have a broken dental filling, it is important to contact our office as quickly as possible. As an emergency dentist, Dr. Petkevis sets aside time throughout his schedule to treat patients who are experiencing a dental emergency such as broken fillings. Contact us to schedule emergency treatment.
Dental Fillings FAQs
How long do dental fillings last?
Dental fillings life is dependent on a few variables. These include the material they are made out of, your diet, and your oral care post-procedure. They are typically made out of composite materials that match your teeth and enamel so that they match your teeth. These last between 10-12 years. Some made of metal can last longer, but metal is becoming less popular.
Does it hurt to get a dental filling?
Dental fillings do not involve areas of the mouth that have nerves, so you shouldn’t feel pain. There are numbing products that can be applied so that patients feel nothing but light pressure. These are commonly used for dental fillings. Although you can’t feel pain from the nerves, you will be able to feel the pulling and movement of the tools and dentist throughout the procedure. Sometimes patients may feel some pain when the filling is deep and near the nerve, but it is not common.
How long does it take to fill a cavity?
Cavities can take anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour to fill. The amount of time it takes to fill a cavity varies on the severity, size, and spot that the cavity is in. Most cavities come in pairs or sets of three, so multiple cavity filling procedures are completed in one sitting. This can cause a longer appointment length than expected.
What happens when you get a cavity filled?
Dentists typically numb the tooth and surrounding area prior to beginning work to make the experience as comfortable and pain-free as possible. He will then use a tiny drill and make a hole in your tooth to remove any decay in or around the tooth. Once all tooth decay has been removed the dentist will fill the hole entirely with the filling.