Dental fillings are used to prevent further damage to a tooth that has succumbed to decay, has cracked in the enamel or has been chipped. At the Center City Philadelphia Dentist Office of Dr. Renee Yurovsky, we use the technique of bonding (composite tooth colored material) to correct damages on teeth. Bonding is a modern method of technology that is used to enhance the aesthetics of your teeth. Instead of the typical unsightly silver amalgams used in most teeth fillings, Dr. Yurovsky uses a composite material for the filling. This type of filling is mercury free and is very durable.
Local anesthesia will be used in the process of applying the filling. Dr. Yurovsky will then gently remove the decayed or damaged part of the tooth structure. Our goal during this procedure is to remove as little of the tooth structure as possible while at the same time providing enough area for the filling to be bonded to. The composite resin will then be applied to the impaired area. Finally, the tooth will be polished and checked for proper occlusion (fit between the upper and lower teeth).
Post Operative Instructions
For Dental Fillings
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Eating, drinking, smoking:
Once you have completed the procedure of acquiring a new filling, you may continue on with your normal eating and chewing habits. Although your filling will not inhibit your ability to bite into foods, you should make sure that the local anesthetic has completely worn off before you eat anything. Taking this precaution will prevent you from inflicting any self-injuries such as biting your tongue, cheeks or lips. Smoking or consuming hot liquids is also not advised as a means to prevent burning on the inside of your mouth or lips. Swallowing food or liquids may be difficult while you are still numb.
With the conclusion of your Dental Filling Appointment, your filling will be tooth colored, hardened and polished. They may feel like there is a gritty surface to the structure of the tooth; however this should go away within a few days. If the feeling is still present for days after, please call us to set up an appointment.
Another normal post-operative reaction is cold sensitivity. The nerves are sometimes stressed during the procedure and this should resolve itself within a week. Sensitivity protection toothpaste (like Sensodyne) can help. If the symptoms last longer than a week or worsen, please call the office to set up an appointment. Please discontinue the use of any whitening products until the sensitivity subsides.
If your bite seems off or if you cannot bite normally please call the office to have your filling adjusted. Do not wait for it to wear down on its own as the tooth may become tender.
Your filling should be treated as a regular tooth, and you should continue to brush with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily to maintain the health of the filling. If you have experienced recurring decay or have had multiple recurring cavities you may want to use a fluoride rinse (like Act). There are also prescription strength fluoride paste and gels that we can recommend. Call or ask us about them at your next visit.