Dr. Stephen A. Price


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What are Dental Fillings?

In his Burke clinic, it is very common for Dr. Price to get appointments with patients wanting to get dental fillings.  When a patient comes in complaining of tooth decay, dental fillings are the most common treatment that a dentist might recommend.  Treating tooth decay with the use of dental fillings is more for the purpose of damage prevention. It stops the tooth decay from destroying more tooth structure by removing all of the existing tooth decay and fills the area to be able to restore shape and function.  If a patient comes in with cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been worn down by tooth grinding or nail biting, dentists also recommend the use of dental fillings depending on the severity of the damage.

Which Dental Filling is best for me?

Dr. Price lists the filling materials he has available for his patients in his Burke clinic including the benefits and drawbacks of each.  Make sure to discuss with your dentist which option would be best, given your current condition.

Composite resin fillings have a tooth-like color and is more preferred over amalgams because, not only does it restore function, it is visually undetectable because it blends in with the tooth’s natural color.  The good thing about this is that it requires less drilling, so more tooth structure is preserved and it has been proven to help strengthen the teeth overtime.

Porcelain fillings are usually used for dental fillings called inlays.  This is usually chosen by patients who place a high value on their pearly whites since this has the highest aesthetic value.

What is a Dental Filling procedure like?

To prepare the tooth, the dentist will apply a local anesthetic on the tooth to numb the area.  Using a drill, laser, or air abrasion, the dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth entirely, and the resulting cavity will be cleaned and dried in preparation for the filling. The filling material of your choice will then be put in and molded to resemble the natural shape of the tooth.



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