If you’re one of the 91% of adults who have cavities in their permanent teeth, chances are you need a filling. The team of dental professionals at Core Smiles in NoMad, Manhattan, New York City, offers high-quality tooth-colored fillings to treat your tooth decay while keeping the natural beauty of your smile intact. To learn more about how a tooth-colored filling can benefit the health and appearance of your smile, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking a visit online.
A filling is a procedure that the team at Core Smiles performs to fill a hole in your tooth’s enamel. “Filling” is both the name of the procedure and the name of the material used in the procedure.
The most common reason for getting a filling is to treat cavities caused by tooth decay.
A cavity is a hole in the enamel, the hard outer layer of your tooth. Cavities often develop when plaque is allowed to stay on the surface of your teeth for too long. This more frequently happens as a result of poor oral hygiene, but it can also happen if you have crooked or misaligned teeth that are simply harder to clean.
Plaque is composed of various forms of bacteria and acid. The bacteria and acid found in plaque eat away at your tooth’s enamel, creating a hole, or cavity.
The process for getting a filling is fairly simple, straightforward, and quick. Your Core Smiles dentist first uses a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding tissue. Next, they remove the decay with a small drill or air abrasion instrument.
When your tooth is free of decay, your dentist sterilizes the cavity preparation, then fills it with a tooth-colored filling material. They cure the material using a specific wavelength of blue light and then shape your tooth by removing any excess material.
The end result is a happy and healthy tooth that’s sealed off from any further decay.
A tooth-colored filling is done with a composite resin or porcelain material that has the same color as your tooth’s enamel.
Cavities used to be filled with a combination of metals like silver or mercury. This combination was referred to as “amalgam.” While thought to be effective at the time, modern dentistry has developed filling materials that pose less risk to your health and do a better job of adhering to your teeth.
Tooth-colored filling materials like composite resin and porcelain are incredibly effective at protecting your teeth from further decay, and they also provide a cosmetic benefit in blending in with the natural color of your tooth’s enamel. With a tooth-colored filling, your Core Smiles dentist can fix your tooth decay without damaging the cosmetic appearance of your smile.
If you have old metal fillings, the team at Core Smiles can also replace them with tooth-colored fillings to give you a healthier and better-looking smile.
Get your tooth-colored fillings today by scheduling a consultation with the team at Core Smiles. You can book your visit by phone or online.