Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are materials used by our dentist in New York, NY, to repair teeth damaged by decay or cavities. Fillings help restore the tooth's function, shape, and strength, preventing further decay and preserving the tooth's structure. By filling the cavity with a suitable material like amalgam, composite resin, ceramic, or glass ionomer, dental fillings effectively seal off the affected area, preventing bacteria from causing more damage.
The benefits of dental fillings extend beyond restoration, as they also improve aesthetics, prevent tooth loss, enhance oral health by preventing the spread of decay, and promote better chewing ability and overall oral function. Dental fillings are crucial in maintaining dental health and preserving natural teeth. 

Types of Dental Fillings 

Amalgam Fillings 

  • Made from a combination of silver, mercury, tin, and copper. 
  • Known for their durability and strength. 
  • Typically used for filling cavities in back teeth due to their strength and affordability. 

Composite Fillings 

  • Made from a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles. 
  • Blend in seamlessly with the natural tooth color, providing a more aesthetic appearance.
  • Ideal for filling cavities in visible areas of the mouth. 

Ceramic Fillings 

  • Made from porcelain or ceramic materials. 
  • Highly durable and resistant to staining. 
  • Mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel, making them suitable for front teeth restorations.

Glass Ionomer Fillings 

  • Made from a mixture of acrylic and a specific type of glass. 
  • Release fluoride, which can help prevent further decay. 
  • Often used for filling cavities in baby teeth or as temporary fillings.

Gold Fillings 

  • Made from gold alloy, which is highly durable and long-lasting.
  • Less tooth structure needs to be removed compared to other types of fillings. 
  • Though less common due to their cost and aesthetics, gold fillings are known for their durability and biocompatibility. 

The Dental Filling Procedure 

Our dentist at L.E.S. Dental Group begins by numbing the affected tooth and surrounding area with a local anesthetic to ensure the patient's comfort during the procedure. Once numb, the dentist removes the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth using a dental drill or laser. This step aims to eliminate any bacteria and prevent further decay. The tooth is then thoroughly cleaned and dried in preparation for the filling.

After the tooth is prepared, the dentist selects the appropriate filling material based on factors such as the location and size of the cavity, aesthetic preferences, and budget. The chosen filling material, whether amalgam, composite resin, ceramic, or another type, is carefully placed into the cavity and shaped to match the natural contours of the tooth. For composite fillings, a special light may be used to harden and bond the filling material to the tooth.

Once the filling is in place, the dentist polishes the surface to ensure a smooth texture and natural appearance. This step helps to prevent staining and makes the filling less noticeable. The patient may be asked to bite down to ensure the filling does not interfere with their bite or feel uncomfortable. After the procedure, the patient may experience numbness or sensitivity, but this usually subsides within a few hours. Contact us today to learn more!

The Benefits of Dental Fillings 

Restoration of Tooth Structure 

Dental fillings in New York, NY, restore the strength and integrity of teeth by filling in areas damaged by decay. This helps preserve the tooth’s function and strengthens and protects its structure.

Prevention of Further Decay 

Dental fillings prevent bacteria and food particles from entering the cavity and causing additional decay by sealing off the cavity with a special material. This helps to halt the progression of tooth decay and reduces the risk of more extensive damage.

Aesthetic Enhancement 

Modern filling materials such as composite resin and ceramic can be color-matched to the tooth's natural shade, providing a seamless and aesthetically pleasing result. This allows for discreet restoration of cavities in visible areas of the mouth, improving the smile's overall appearance. 

Preservation of Tooth Function 

Dental fillings restore the shape and contour of the tooth, allowing for normal chewing and biting function. This enables individuals to eat and speak comfortably without experiencing discomfort or difficulty due to tooth decay. 

Prevention of Tooth Loss 

Our dentist can help prevent tooth extractions by treating cavities and restoring damaged teeth with fillings. Preserving natural teeth is essential for maintaining oral health and overall well-being. 

Enhanced Oral Health 

Filling cavities promptly prevents the spread of decay to adjacent teeth and reduces the risk of complications such as infections or abscesses. Maintaining good oral health through regular dental check-ups and prompt treatment of cavities can contribute to long-term dental wellness.

Long-Term Durability 

Dental fillings made from composite resin, ceramic, or amalgam are durable and can withstand chewing and biting forces for many years. With proper care and maintenance, they can provide long-lasting protection and support for teeth.

Dental fillings are crucial in preserving oral health, restoring damaged teeth, and maintaining a functional and aesthetically pleasing smile. Visit L.E.S. Dental Group at 62 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002, or call (212) 979-0990 to schedule an appointment for dental fillings and restore the health and beauty of your teeth.

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