Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic health conditions in the United States. A filling can save your tooth from a more serious infection and may prevent your need for a root canal. Smile Design Manhattan uses only metal-free fillings to fix and restore your teeth. For an evaluation, contact the New York City office in Midtown West today or request an appointment online.
Fillings are a dental procedure used to treat tooth decay, or what you may refer to as cavities. Tooth decay is very common in the United States, affecting as many as 92% of adults between the ages of 20 and 64. Your filling may prevent further decay of your tooth and your need for a root canal.
The dental specialists at Smile Design Manhattan use only nonmetal fillings for your teeth, either porcelain or composite, to keep your look as natural as possible.
Your dental specialist at Smile Design Manhattan determines if you need a filling during an exam. They might find tooth decay during your routine dental cleaning, dental exam, or through your digital X-ray.
Fillings may also be used to repair a broken or cracked tooth.
If your dental expert finds that you need a filling during your routine exam, then you’ll have a separate appointment for that procedure.
Fillings at Smile Design Manhattan take about an hour from start to finish. To ease your discomfort, a local anesthetic numbs your tooth. If you’re feeling anxious about your filling, your specialist may talk to you about the use of nitrous oxide before you begin to ease your anxiety and fears.
Once you’re ready, your dental specialist removes the decayed portion of your tooth with a drill. Then, your tooth is cleaned and filled with either the porcelain or composite material layer by layer.
Your dentist then uses a special curing light to harden the filling, and your tooth is shaped to match your bite.
Your filling should keep your tooth strong and protected for years. The team at Smile Design Manhattan recommends you continue to come to the office every six months for your routine dental cleanings and checkups.
Regular visits to the office not only ensure the longevity of your filling but also help you stay on top of your oral health and may prevent your need for more dental work.
Tooth decay is common, and a filling may help prevent your need for a more invasive dental procedure. To schedule your routine exam and cleaning, call Smile Design Manhattan today or request an appointment online.