We use gentle techniques, state-of-the-art technology, and customized treatments to restore patient smiles. For dental fillings, we use digital X-rays to precisely identify minor to moderate decay and tooth-colored fillings to aesthetically repair damage.
Do You Have a Cavity?
While symptoms may vary from patient to patient, some of the most common ones include:
- Pain or toothache
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods
- Tooth discoloration
If you notice any of these symptoms in you or your child, you should schedule a consultation as soon as possible. A cavity will only get worse with time, and delaying treatment can lead to more serious oral health complications including tooth decay and eventually tooth loss.
However, while some patients will experience visible signs of decay, many cavities are hard to detect without the help of a dentist and advanced in-office technology. Consequently, visiting the dentist regularly is essential.
During your appointment, we will take a series of digital X-rays or 3-D imaging to determine the extent of your cavity. If your case of decay is mild to moderate, a dental filling can help you return to full oral health. However, more severe decay may require more involved treatments such as inlays and onlays or root canal therapy.
Choosing Your Materials
There are several materials to choose from based on your needs and budget:
- Gold: Although these fillings offer superior durability and strength, they are more expensive than other materials.
- Amalgam: While less durable than gold, silver fillings are traditionally the most affordable restorative option.
- Composite resin: For patients who are concerned about the appearance of their smile, composite resin fillings provide an aesthetic option that closely match the color of your surrounding teeth.
Which material is most appropriate will depend on your budget and goals for treatment.
At Your Appointment
After administering anesthetic, any decay on the tooth will be scraped away to prevent it from spreading to other parts of your mouth. The material of your choice will be used to fill the area and restore shape and function of your tooth.
Because the procedure is noninvasive, patients can return to their normal activities immediately following treatment. Some patients report some initial sensitivity and difficulty chewing, but these side effects typically fade within a few days.
Repair Your Smile
While prevention is the best way to maintain oral health, fillings provide a cost-effective, non-surgical solution for tooth decay. To schedule a dental exam, call our Manhattan office at (212) 252-8893, our Brooklyn office at (718) 336-1109, or contact us online.