You may have questions about the standards and general rules of comprehensive dentistry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the office of Dr. Backiel and Associates, we are happy to provide answers for you. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment with our dentists, we would love to hear from you.

How helpful are dental sealants?
Made of clear or shaded plastic, sealants are a protective covering placed on the surface of teeth to help seal our food and plaque; they also reduce the risk of decay. They are applied painlessly and quickly and need to be checked periodically, but usually last for years.

What does it mean if my teeth are sensitive to hot and cold?
It can be completely harmless, from a sinus headache or from genetics, but sometimes teeth grinding, cavities, loose fillings, or receding gums can be the culprit. If there are tiny cracks beneath the outer enamel, it can result in sensitive teeth. If the sensitivity is ongoing, it may be a good idea to see the dentist.

How can I protect my teeth?
The best plan of action is regular oral hygiene and coming to the dentist every 6 months, with consistent brushing and flossing daily.

How can I prevent cavities?
Brushing and flossing with fluoride toothpaste, having sealants applied to the chewing surfaces, and watching sugar intake can all help prevent decay.

Can I improve the color of my teeth?
Since teeth whitening has now become the number one aesthetic concern of many patients, there are many products and methods available to achieve a brighter smile.

Why do you offer composite fillings, and what are they?
A composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

Why do I need digital X-rays and are they safe?
As an essential preventative and diagnostic tool, we consistently utilize digital X-rays to remain updated on the oral health of our patients. Digital X-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental X-rays. Not only are digital X-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office