If you develop a small cavity or you chip your tooth, your dentist might recommend a filling to prevent further damage. A filling is a simple restoration that strengthens and preserves your tooth. Dana Kapparova, DDS, Amanda Golub, DDS, and the team at 63rd Street Dental in New York City, regularly use fillings to treat cavities, for general wear-and-tear, and other similar problems. To make your appointment today, call the office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan or use the online booking tool.
Dental fillings are a type of restoration used to address minor tooth decay, chips, and cracks. To apply a filling, your 63rd Street Dental provider carefully removes the decaying or damaged portion of your tooth and “fills” the area with a composite resin material.
There are several different types of fillings, including silver, amalgam, and gold cast fillings. However, at 63rd Street Dental, the team uses composite resin. Composite resin fillings mimic the color and light-reflecting properties of your natural tooth enamel, helping them blend in with your smile.
Receiving a dental filling usually takes between 60-90 minutes. First, your dentist administers a local anesthetic numbing your tooth roots and gums. Once the anesthesia sets in, your dentist carefully removes the decaying or damaged portion of your tooth.
Next, your dentist probes the area to check for any remaining decay. After removing the cavity completely, your dentist cleans your tooth and eliminates bacteria and debris. Then, he applies the tooth-colored composite filling in layers. After applying each layer, your dentist points a special light at the filling to cure it. You leave the office with a fully repaired tooth and can start eating and chewing right away.
After your dentist places your new filling, it’s perfectly normal to experience some sensitivity. However, this should subside within a week or two. If your tooth sensitivity persists or gets worse, reach out to the team at 63rd Street Dental. They might recommend using a desensitizing toothpaste or having a root canal.
You care for your dental fillings just like you would your natural teeth. To keep them in great shape, brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit the team at 63rd Street Dental once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. In addition, try and avoid bad habits like smoking, biting your fingernails, or chewing on ice cubes. If you follow these tips, your fillings can last anywhere from 10-15 years.
To learn more about the benefits of fillings, request an appointment at 63rd Street Dental today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.