Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings

At The Center City Dental Office of Dr. Renee Yurovsky, we utilize using only tooth-colored, mercury-free dental fillings as a part of our restorative dental services. These composite fillings are made to custom- match the natural enamel of a patient’s tooth.  Using these composite fillings allows both Dr. Yurovsky to enhance not only the aesthetic nature of your smile but as well as preserve your oral health.  Not only are they aesthetically appealing but composite fillings are minimally invasive restorative dental technology as compared to a metal filling. Traditional metal fillings require a wedge-shape to be cut into the natural tooth in order for the filling to be put into place, whereas composite materials bond directly with your natural tooth enamel. 

The days of unsightly metal-colored fillings are a thing of the past; the dental procedure which produced them is now obsolete. Thanks to technological advances, patients can enjoy a natural, safe composite filling which performs the same function as traditional fillings while blending seamlessly to the color of your natural teeth.  Dr. Yurovsky focuses on restoring damaged teeth to their natural state by using materials that replicate the aesthetic appearance of your smile as well as repair the structure and functionality of the weakened tooth.  For Philadelphia patients looking for a cosmetic dentist who specializes in composite-fillings, Dr. Yurovsky is your trusted provider.

Dental fillings are used to prevent further damage to a tooth which has succumbed to decay, cracked in the enamel, or been chipped.  At the Center City Philadelphia Dentist Office of Dr. Renee Yurovsky, we use the technique of bonding (composite tooth-colored material) in order 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 common 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.

The Process

Local anesthesia will be employed 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 is possible, while at the same time providing enough area for the filling to be bonded to. The composite resin will at this point be applied to the impaired area.  Finally, the tooth will be polished and checked to ensure proper occlusion (fit between the upper and lower teeth). 

Dental Filling Procedure

Post-Operative Instructions

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Eating, Drinking, Smoking:

After you have completed the procedure of acquiring a new filling, you may continue 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 potential self-injuries, such as biting your tongue, cheeks, or lips.  Smoking or consuming hot liquids is also not advisable, as doing either might result in burning on the inside of your mouth or lips.  Swallowing food or liquids may be difficult while you are still numb.

 

Tooth Feel:

At the conclusion of your Dental Filling Appointment, your filling will be tooth colored, hardened, and polished. It may feel like there is a gritty surface on the structure of the tooth. However, this sensation should go away within a few days.  If the feeling persists for days after the procedure, please call us to set up an appointment.

 

Sensitivity:

Another common post-operative reaction is sensitivity to cold. The nerves are sometimes stressed during the procedure, but this issue should resolve itself within a week. Sensitivity protection toothpaste (like Sensodyne) can help. If the symptoms worsen, or continue for longer than a week, please call the office to set up an appointment. Please discontinue the use of any whitening products until the sensitivity subsides.

 

Bite:

If your bite seems abnormal, 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.

 

Daily Care:

Your filling should be treated as a regular tooth, and you should continue to brush with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily in order 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 which we can recommend. Call or ask us about them at your next visit.