Dental Fillings in NYC
DDS Group provides dental fillings in the financial district of NYC, near Wall Street. Call us today at 212-269-6655 to schedule your appointment.
Identifying and addressing cavities early can prevent the need for more complex and costly dental procedures. If cavities are found before there has been significant decay, the tooth can be restored with a filling.
Once a tooth has a cavity, the decay will continue to spread unless the decayed area is removed and the tooth is properly restored. Leaving cavities untreated can lead to the need for more significant restorative procedures such as crowns, bridges, root canals, or dental implants.
While metal (amalgam) fillings used to be common, tooth-colored composite material is now the most recommended filling material. The composite material blends in with the natural tooth and is less noticeable than a metal filling. The tooth-colored filling is not as affected by heat and cold as the metal fillings, so the patient is less likely to experience temperature-related sensitivity.
Another important reason composite fillings have replaced amalgam fillings is that they do not use mercury, which was present in metal fillings. Many patients are choosing to have their older amalgam fillings replaced with tooth-colored fillings for this reason.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Fillings
What are the signs of a cavity?
Cavities are the result of tooth decay. Initially, the decay may be minor. But once it is there, it can spread quickly. The minor discomfort you may feel can turn into constant pain as the decay spreads. So it is best to see your dentist at the very first sign of a cavity.
Here are some common symptoms to look for:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Sensitivity to sweets, during and after eating them
- Aching in the tooth
- A visible hole in your tooth
- Stains on your tooth, either white or dark spots
- Pain or sensitivity when you bite or chew
Why do I need a filling?
Fillings are crucial to stop the spread of tooth decay. If it is left alone, it can continue to grow and weaken the enamel of your tooth. Before long, you will have a hole – and will be facing more serious tooth issues, such as painfully exposed roots that require a root canal.
What can I expect at my filling appointment?
First, your dentist will examine your teeth and any X-rays of your teeth to determine if there is a cavity that can be treated with a filling. Then, the area around the cavity will be numbed so that you won’t feel any pain during the filling.
Your dentist will work to remove the decayed area, including debris and bacteria, and then add the filling to fully restore the tooth.
What are dental fillings made of?
At DDS Group, we prefer offering our patients composite fillings that have a natural look. Metal (amalgam) fillings have been common for years, but they tend to be very noticeable and make teeth sensitive to hot and cold. Of course, they also contain mercury — which is another reason why composite fillings are the more popular choice.
How long do fillings last?
Depending on the type and size of the filling, it can last for several years – maybe even longer. Caring for your teeth properly and having regular checkups/cleanings with your dentist can help prolong the life of your fillings.
How can I avoid getting cavities and needing fillings?
Cavities are the big C-word that no one wants to hear when they visit their dentist for a routine cleaning and exam. You can work to prevent cavities by practicing good oral hygiene, visiting your dentist regularly, eating healthy foods, avoiding the overconsumption of sugary foods, etc.
You may want to consider talking to your dentist about having a dental sealant placed on your teeth.