Social Accounts Sprite
Dr. Gerald Regni Jr & Associates

A Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Can Repair Your Teeth with Fillings

By Gerald Regni, DMD on November 16, 2013

People may only get two sets of teeth in their life, but they are extremely tough. The tooth’s enamel is the toughest part of the human body, and scientists have even discovered that human teeth are just as strong as shark teeth. Oral CareDespite their strength, however, human teeth are not invulnerable to damage. Irregular brushing, forgetting to floss, and skipping regular dental checkups can all cause little holes to develop in your teeth courtesy of bacteria. Sometimes, teeth can also be damaged by trauma, such as when you bite down on hard candy or— even worse— when you use them as a bottle cap opener. Unfortunately, the body has no way to naturally repair damaged teeth the way it does with broken bones or cut skin. Thankfully, your Philadelphia cosmetic dentist has a way to repair them, as explained in this WebMD article:

To fill a tooth, your dentist will:

  • Numb your teeth, gums, tongue, and surrounding skin. Your dentist will first put a substance that feels like jelly directly on the area to start the numbing process, and then inject an anesthetic to complete it. Many dentists will give you nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) to reduce your pain and help you relax.
  • Sometimes use a small sheet of rubber on a metal frame (rubber dam) to target the decayed tooth and to stop liquid and tooth chips from entering your mouth and throat.
  • Drill out all the decay and replace it with a filling.
Most dentists will often give patients the option of what filling to use— amalgam, composite, ionomers or gold. However, leaders in Philadelphia cosmetic dentistry, like Dr. Gerald Regni, insist on using only biocompatible fillings to ensure that the body will not react negatively to it and cause the patient discomfort. Of course, it’s only natural for teeth to feel sensitive to sweets, cold, air and pressure immediately after the procedure, but it should go away within a week or two. If not, a return trip to the dentist’s office may be necessary to check for problems like overfilling and underfilling, or to replace the filling with a more compatible material.

(Article Excerpt and Image from Fillings (Restorations), WebMD)

Get In Touch

Rate, Review & Explore

Philadelphia Office

937 Christian St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Closed Today

More Info Directions (215) 351-9399