Tooth-Colored Fillings in New York, NY
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What are tooth-colored fillings?
Dental cavities are a common problem that develops when bacteria erode your enamel. Previously, cavities were filled with a material called amalgam, a mixture of different metals, like mercury or silver. Now we know that these fillings don't adhere fully to the teeth and the mercury may be hazardous to your health. At Madison Avenue Dentists in New York, NY, our team uses tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill and protect cavities. We can also remove old metal fillings and apply tooth-colored fillings for a more reliable and more attractive treatment for cavities.
What Are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings in New York, NY at Madison Avenue Dentists can help keep your smile beautifully healthy with wide-ranging benefits, including:
- Does not change your tooth's natural color
- Addresses tooth damage and decay
- Uses no potentially harmful heavy metals
- Less likely to crack or break a tooth
- Helps preserve more of the natural tooth structure
- Typically more comfortable than traditional fillings
- Very durable and long-lasting
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Who is a good candidate for a tooth-colored filling?
Tooth-colored fillings usually fill in the area of decay in the enamel once it has been treated by our team at Madison Avenue Dentists. Composite resin is a useful material that can be used to correct other problems with your teeth, such as chips or excessive wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the composite resin is tinted to blend with your natural teeth, tooth-colored fillings can be used on both the back and front teeth for a great appearance. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to our dental team in our New York, NY office about getting them taken out and replaced with tooth-colored fillings.
What should I expect during the filling process?
Receiving a filling at Madison Avenue Dentists is usually a quick treatment. The treatment area will be numbed to minimize any discomfort. Other forms of sedation can be discussed for any fears or dental anxieties to keep you relaxed during the procedure. As soon as you are prepared, the infected enamel is removed using a unique dental drill that a member of our team will choose based upon where the cavity is located in the tooth and the level of decay. Once the enamel is removed and the area is cleaned, the space will be filled with the composite resin material and hardened. We will smooth the filling so it feels comfortable and matches your natural teeth. Schedule your appointment in our New York, NY office to get started.
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Protection for your teeth and your smile
Cavities may start as a small problem, but it is crucial to have them treated before they become a larger concern. At Madison Avenue Dentists in New York, NY, tooth decay and cavities can be corrected with composite resin fillings. Our team will match the color of your natural teeth to your filling so you get a healthy, uniform, and beautiful smile. If you think you may have a cavity, contact our office to schedule an exam.
Tooth-Colored Fillings FAQs
How long do tooth-colored fillings last?
If cared for properly, tooth-colored fillings can last many years. These fillings are made from a durable combination of fine glass and plastic particles. You may, however, need to be cautious when eating hard or crunchy foods.
How do I know if I need a tooth-colored filling?
If you are experiencing aching or discomfort in a tooth, it could be a sign of decay. Prior to the placement of a filling, the decay will be carefully removed from the tooth. Contact Madison Avenue Dentists if you are having pain in a tooth to determine if you may require a filling or an alternative treatment.
How should I care for my tooth-colored fillings?
You should care for a tooth-colored filling similar to how you care for all other teeth. This includes regular brushing and flossing in your at-home oral care routine. Additionally, it is important that you attend routine dental exams and cleanings to preserve overall oral health.