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Fillings Specialist

Emergency Dentist NYC

Emergency, Cosmetic, and General Dentistry located in Union Square, New York City, NY

Though tooth decay is on the decline, it’s still one of the most prevalent and preventable chronic conditions that affect children and adults. The dental experts at Emergency Dentist NYC in Manhattan offer comprehensive care to address all dental needs, including fillings for the treatment of cavities. To schedule an appointment, contact the Union Square office in New York City by phone or online today.

Fillings Q & A

What are fillings?

Fillings are a restorative dental procedure for the treatment of tooth decay, also known as cavities or dental caries. Cavities refer to holes that form in the enamel of your teeth. If left untreated, the holes may enlarge and affect deeper layers of your tooth, causing irreparable damage.

Your regular dental cleanings and exams at Emergency Dentist NYC may help prevent cavities from forming or ensure you get the dental care you need before your cavities cause more damage.

The dental specialists at Emergency Dentist NYC use fillings to repair the holes in your teeth and restore structure and function.

What are the types of fillings?

Dentists have a variety of materials to choose from to fill the hole caused by your cavity. The types of fillings include:

Gold fillings

Gold fillings are well-tolerated and durable, lasting as long as 20 years. However, gold fillings are made-to-order and more expensive than other metal filling options.

Silver fillings

Silver fillings, also referred to as amalgam fillings, are also durable and less expensive than gold fillings. However, silver fillings are dark in color and often used to treat cavities that develop on the molars. 

Composite fillings

Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings made from a combination of glass and quartz. Though preferred because they match the color of your teeth, composite fillings aren’t as durable as metal fillings.

Porcelain fillings

Like gold fillings, porcelain fillings are custom-made and generally used to cover an entire tooth. Like composite fillings, porcelain fillings match the color of your teeth.

The team at Emergency Dentist NYC offers composite fillings that match the shade of your tooth.

What can I expect when getting a filling?

You can expect comfortable and comprehensive care when getting a filling at Emergency Dentist NYC. Prior to starting your treatment, the team may take diagnostic images and review the details of the procedure with you. 

Then, your dentist numbs the area around your teeth and gums to minimize discomfort. If you suffer from dental phobia or dental anxiety, the team offers sedation to help you relax during your treatment. 

Your dentist then removes the decayed area of your tooth using a special dental drill, cleans the area, and places the filling to restore the structure of your tooth. After your filling is placed, your dentist provides specific instructions that may include restrictions on eating and drinking until the numbing agent wears off.

You may experience some pain and sensitivity after getting your filling, but these side effects should resolve soon after the procedure. 

Your filling should last several years. The team at Emergency Dentist NYC can replace any damaged or cracked fillings as needed, and they offer emergency dental care seven days a week.

For expert dental care, contact Emergency Dentist NYC by phone or online today.