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Dental Fillings Philadelphia, PA

Dental FillingAn Overview

Dr. Weinstock offers patients tooth-colored dental fillings for their safety and aesthetic appeal. Traditional metal fillings have high levels of mercury that are believed to be associated with medical risks.

Modern resin fillings can be color-matched to blend seamlessly with the patient’s natural smile, and are mercury-free. Dental fillings are highly effective at restoring a tooth that has suffered from decay or minor damage. This is one of the most common dental services that Dr. Weinstock offers to patients.

Replacing Metal Fillings

Dr. Weinstock offers patients the choice to remove old silver fillings and have them replaced with resin tooth-colored fillings. Patients may choose to have this procedure done when their metal fillings are visible or in the “smile-zone”. Many patients have silver/mercury (amalgam) fillings from years past in their mouths.

These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth. Porcelain inlays and composite resins create fillings that are not only beautiful (and practically undetectable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new adhesive technologies.

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Dental Filling What to Expect

Inlays and Onlays

When over half of the tooth’s chewing surface has been damaged, a dentist will often use an inlay or onlay.

Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth; an onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.

Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth.

How are inlays & onlays applied?
Inlays and onlays require two appointments to complete. During the first visit, the filling that is to be replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay.

To ensure proper fit and bite, an impression of the tooth is made by the dentist and sent to a lab for fabrication. A temporary onlay will then be fitted to the tooth and your next appointment will be scheduled.

At the second appointment, Dr. Weinstock will then fit the inlay or onlay restoration. If the fit is satisfactory, the inlay or onlay will be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and polished to a smooth finish.

Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50 percent. As an alternative, inlays and onlays, being bonded directly onto the tooth using special high-strength resins, can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75 percent. As a result, they can last from 10 to 30 years. In some cases, where the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire dental crown, onlays can provide a very good alternative.

Dental Filling FAQs

How long do dental fillings last?

Dental fillings’ lifespan depends on the material they are made up out of. 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.

Does it hurt to get a dental filling?

Dental fillings do not involve areas of the mouth that are nervous, so you shouldn’t not feel pain. There are numbing products that can be applied so that patients feel less. 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 that is not common.

How long does it take to fill a cavity?

The amount of time it takes to fill a cavity varies on the severity, size, and spot that the cavity is in. It typically is around a 15 minute to hour-long procedure. Oftentimes cavities come in pairs or sets of three so, multiple cavities and procedures are being completed in one sitting. This can cause a longer appointment length than expected.

What exactly happens when you get a cavity filled?

Having cavities filled is a necessary part of preventing tooth decay. Dentists typically numb the tooth and surrounding area prior to beginning work to make the experience as comfortable as possible. He will then drill a hole in your tooth to remove any decay and replace it with the filling.

Why choose David J. Weinstock, DMD?