A filling is a dental procedure used to repair a decayed tooth at Marcial Dental PC. Fillings are also used to repair chipped or broken teeth. A filling, also known as a dental restoration, is used to restore a tooth damaged by decay to its normal function and shape. When your tooth has a cavity, it’s important to get it filled before becoming a more serious problem. A filling replaces decayed tooth material and prevents bacteria from getting into the delicate inner parts of the tooth. The primary purpose of dental fillings is to remove decayed or damaged tooth structures and fill the resulting cavity. By sealing off the cavity, fillings prevent further decay and restore the tooth's integrity.
Types of Dental Fillings
These are made of a composite resin material designed to match your teeth' color. They are perfect for treating small cavities on the front teeth. The composite resin hardens to a plastic-like material, allowing your dentist in Flushing & New York, NY to restore your damaged teeth in a natural and inconspicuous way.
Silver amalgam fillings are a cost-effective option used for decades to treat cavities. This material is durable enough to withstand the daily pressure of your bite. Though this material is solid, it looks less natural than a tooth-colored filling.
Gold fillings are made of a gold alloy and are highly durable and long-lasting. They are well-tolerated by gum tissues and can withstand chewing forces. Gold fillings require multiple dental visits for placement and can be more expensive compared to other filling materials. Their gold color makes them more noticeable, so they are often chosen for less visible mouth areas.
The Dental Filling Procedure
The dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth, ensuring your comfort during the procedure. The dentist will use a dental drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument to remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth. The area is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the filling. Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will fill the cavity with the chosen filling material. The specific technique may vary depending on the material used. For example, in the case of composite fillings, the dentist will layer and sculpt the material, using a curing light to harden each layer. The filling is shaped to match the natural contours of your tooth. After placing the filling, the dentist will check your bite to ensure it is properly aligned. They may make minor adjustments to ensure a comfortable and balanced bite. The filling is then polished to smooth the surface and improve its appearance.
Dental fillings preserve the remaining healthy tooth structure. By removing the decay and filling the cavity, the filling material acts as a barrier, protecting the tooth from further damage and potential fractures. To learn more about dental fillings, visit Marcial Dental PC at 164-11 Crocheron Ave, Flushing 11358, or call (718) 353-1309, or at 150 E 58th St. 8 Floor Annex, New York 10155, or call (917) 227-2328.