Emergency Dental Fillings in Philadelphia

You use your mouth every day, for talking, eating, and other basic activities, so by now you know how it’s supposed to feel. When you break a filling, you’ll feel an annoying gap in your teeth, kind of like when you would lose a tooth when you were a kid, but it’ll be more painful and there won’t be any tooth fairy visiting you to give you money.

Instead, you need to pay a visit to Center City Emergency Dentist (CCED) in Philadelphia for an emergency dental filling. Depending on the severity of the broken filling, you might not be able to eat until you get a replacement, so getting the problem fixed is critical if you want to get your mouth, and your life, back to normal.

Why do fillings break? 

While modern dental technology has enabled fillings to last much longer than they used to, sometimes for decades, permanence is never a guarantee. Dental fillings gradually lose their strength over time, but the thing that finally breaks them is usually biting something hard (like candy or ice) or chewy (like gum or toffee). And while we’d be the last people to ever discourage flossing, even this dental hygiene activity can break fillings.

Can I eat if I’m careful to avoid chewing in the area of my missing filling?

We don’t recommend it. When a dental filling is broken or missing, the root of the tooth is unprotected. By eating, you run the risk of getting food compacted in the gap, which results in extreme pain. Food stuck in the gap will be difficult to brush away, so it will stay there and bring bacteria and acids to the area and inside your tooth. Furthermore, if your filling is broken, eating may detach it entirely, meaning you might accidentally swallow it.

Moral of the story: If you need a filling or other dental procedures, and you’re in the Philadelphia area, contact us immediately.

The Go-To Office for Composite Dental Fillings in PhiladelphiaWoman getting dental fillings in Philadelphia

Composite fillings are a popular option thanks to the natural appearance of the tooth color. Made of a compound of ceramic and plastic, resin composite fillings match your natural tooth color, so the filler is practically invisible.

Another advantage is the way the resin in these fillers naturally adheres to the tooth’s surface.  Plus, there’s not a lot of drilling required.

Another Option for Dental Filling in Philadelphia: Inlay and Overlay Fillings

Inlay and overlay fillings are two sizes of prosthetic (also known as indirect) fillings. They are considered prosthetic because we take an impression of your teeth to create these fillings in a laboratory and then cement them onto your tooth.

Like composite fillings, inlay and overlay fillings adhere well to teeth and have natural tooth color, so you can’t tell where the real tooth ends and the prosthetic begins.

For all your emergency dentistry needs, visit Center City Emergency Dentist of Philadelphia.