Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings

At The Center City Dental Office of Dr. Renee Yurovsky, we utilize only tooth-colored, mercury-free dental fillings as a part of our restorative dental services. These composite fillings are made to custom-match a patient's tooth's natural enamel. Using these composite fillings allows Dr. Yurovsky to enhance the aesthetic nature of a patient's smile and preserve 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. In contrast, composite materials bond directly with the patient's 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 that performs the same function as traditional fillings while blending seamlessly to the color of the patient's natural teeth. Dr. Yurovsky focuses on restoring damaged teeth to their natural state by using materials that replicate the aesthetic appearance of the patient's smile and repair the structure and functionality of the weakened tooth. For Philadelphia patients looking for a cosmetic dentist specializing in composite-fillings, Dr. Yurovsky is a trusted provider.

Dental fillings are used to prevent further damage to a tooth that 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) to correct damages on teeth. Bonding is a modern method of technology used to enhance a person's teeth aesthetics. 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. 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 acquiring a new filling, the patient may continue with their normal eating and chewing habits. Although the filling will not inhibit the patient's ability to bite into foods, the patient should make sure that the local anesthetic has completely worn off before eating anything. Taking this precaution will prevent the patient from inflicting any potential self-injuries, such as biting the tongue, cheeks, or lips. Smoking or consuming hot liquids is also not advisable, as doing either might result in burning on the inside of the mouth or lips. Swallowing food or liquids may be difficult while the patient is still numb.

Tooth Feel:

After the Dental Filling Appointment, the 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 the bite seems abnormal or the patient cannot bite normally, please call the office to adjust the filling. Please do not wait for it to wear down on its own, as the tooth may become tender.

Daily Care:

The filling should be treated as a regular tooth, and the patient should continue to brush with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily to maintain the health of the filling. If the patient has experienced recurring decay or has had multiple recurring cavities, they 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 the next scheduled visit.