Tooth Fillings Specialist

Philadelphia Dental

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

Tooth decay is one of the more common oral health conditions. At Philadelphia Dental in South Philly, patients experiencing tooth decay receive tooth fillings tailored to the size and location of their cavity. To speak with an experienced dentist about filling your cavity, call the Philadelphia office, or book an appointment online.

Tooth Fillings Q & A

What is a tooth filling?

A filling is a method of restoring parts of the tooth decay has damaged. Tooth decay causes cavities, which can lead to pain and oral disease. The purpose of a filling is to remove the decayed parts of the tooth, clean the area, and fill it to prevent further damage. After removing tooth decay, the filling can be placed, shaped, and polished to restore the original shape and integrity of the tooth.  

When is a tooth filling necessary?

Tooth fillings are necessary when tooth decay has reached the point of causing pain or a cavity. If left untreated, tooth decay will continue to cause damage to the teeth and gums. Typically, your Philadelphia Dental dentist can detect the presence of tooth decay during routine checkups and can treat the area as soon as possible.

What are tooth fillings made from?

There are a number of materials available to fill cavities. At Philadelphia Dental, the practice specializes in composite fillings to repair areas of the tooth decay effects. Composite fillings consist of a combination of glass and plastic.

Philadelphia Dental favors composite fillings because of the closeness to the appearance of natural teeth. Unlike other filling materials, composite fillings suit more visible areas of the mouth. Composite fillings are also used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, close gaps between teeth, and restore worn teeth.

In addition to composite fillings, dentists use the following materials for tooth fillings.

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Ceramic

Treating cavities is done on a case-by-case basis. The material for your filling can vary depending on the size and location of the decay, cost, and insurance coverage. If the size of the cavity is large, a crown may be used instead of a filling. Your dentist discusses the best options and filling material for treating your condition.

How to care for a tooth filling?

To maintain your tooth filling, it's important to practice proper oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, using mouthwash, and visiting your Philadelphia Dental dentist regularly are the best ways to ensure you get the longest life out of your filling. Proper oral hygiene can also help you avoid the need for tooth fillings in the future.

Book an appointment by phone or online at Philadelphia Dental to speak with a dentist about treating your tooth decay with fillings.