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DentAlign NYC’s Quality Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures. At DentAlign NYC, you can trust us to help your teeth look and feel their very best. We offer our New York patients the highest quality dental fillings available. Our fillings are made with a single or combination of plastics, glass, metals, and other materials that restore and repair your teeth. The most common use of fillings is to fill the area of a tooth after we remove a cavity. Dental fillings are also used to fix broken, cracked, and worn teeth. If you think you have a filling or want to schedule a routine check-up, contact us today!

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Dental Filling Materials

Dental filling materials often depend on the location of the decay, the extent of decay, your insurance coverage, and the cost of filling material. Dental filling materials include:

  • Composite Fillings – Composite resin fillings are the same color as your teeth, bond to your existing tooth for additional support, and are commonly used for most dental repairs.
  • Ceramics – Porcelain, or ceramic, fillings stand up to stains and last more than 15 years.

Signs You Need A Tooth Filling

We’ll check for any issues in your teeth or gums at your regular visit. Between routine visits, you may notice dental issues and wonder if you need a dental filling. Signs you may need a filling include:

  • Throbbing pain when chewing or biting.
  • Tooth sensitivity to pressure, sweet foods, and temperatures
  • A hole you can feel in your teeth
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Fractured Teeth
  • Dark spots on your teeth

Steps Of Filling A Tooth

Filling a tooth is a common procedure with multiple steps, including:

  • Numb the area with a local anesthetic around the tooth
  • Remove the decayed area with a laser, drill, or air abrasion instrument
  • Probe the area to determine if decay removal was successful
  • Prepare the space by removing debris and bacteria from the cavity
  • Composite resin may be placed as a liner if the decay is too close to the root
  • Polish and finish filling

If the filling is tooth-colored, the dentist will:

  • Shine ultraviolet blue light on each layer to harden it
  • Shape the composite material, trim any excess, and polish it

What Are Indirect Fillings?

Some patients choose indirect fillings instead of traditional fillings. This type of filling is very similar to tooth-colored or composite fillings, but it is made in a dental lab and requires two visits. Indirect fillings are commonly used with there isn’t enough support around a tooth’s structure for the filling, but there is not enough damage to warrant a crown. Indirect fillings start with removing the old fillings and taking an impression of the tooth and the teeth around it. The dental laboratory will create an indirect filling customized to the patient’s tooth. A temporary filling will then be placed on the tooth for protection. At the second visit, we will remove the temporary filling and fit the new indirect filling. It will then be permanently sealed int place.

Temporary Dental Fillings

Temporary fillings are placed in some patient’s mouths for a short amount of time. They’ll usually wear down or fall out within a month. It’s important to get this temporary filling replaced with a permanent one, or your tooth might become infected. There are multiple reasons patients may need a temporary dental filling, including:

  • After a root canal procedure
  • Between filling appointments if you’re getting indirect fillings
  • Nerve irritation
  • Emergency dental treatment

Inlays and Onlays

The two types of indirect fillings are inlays and onlays. Inlays fill the entire cusp of the tooth, sitting on the chewing surface. Onlays, or partial crowns, cover one or more cusps of teeth. Both types of indirect fillings last much longer than traditional fillings due to their durability. They can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin, porcelain, or gold.

Tooth Sensitivity After Fillings

You may notice your teeth are sensitive following a tooth filling. Your new filling may cause your teeth to become sensitive to sweet foods, temperature, cold air, and pressure. This sensitivity should fade in a few weeks. Contact us if tooth sensitivity does not go away within a month or if the tooth is painful.

Pain Around Dental Filling

You may experience pain following a dental filling for various reasons, including:

  • Your filling may interfere with your bite, causing pain. We’ll reshape the filling to your tooth.
  • If you experience pain when your teeth touch, it might be caused by the different metal surfaces touching together. This pain should disappear quickly.
  • Sometimes when tooth decay is deep into the pulp of your tooth, you might notice an aching type of pain. Your tissue might be unhealthy and need a root canal for proper repair.
  • Referred pain happens when your feel pain or sensitivity in other teeth next to your filled tooth. Your teeth are passing along pain signals, but this should decrease in a few weeks.

Replacement Of Dental Filling

A dental filling may need to be replaced due to:

  • Wear and Tear – Normal wear and tear from chewing food and clenching your teeth cause dental fillings to chip, crack and wear away over time. We’ll identify these weaknesses at your regular check-up.
  • Failure – Sometimes, the seal between your filling and tooth breaks away, allowing bacteria and food particles to get underneath your teeth. If left untreated, the decay can lead to infection or an abscessed tooth.
  • Large Amount of Decay – If you have too much decay or the filling is too large, your tooth might not have enough structure to adequately support the filling. We usually place a crown on the tooth, replacing the filling.

Will My Dental Filling Fall Out?

There are rare occurrences when a dental filling falls out of its location. New fillings that slip out are usually the results of contamination of the area before placing the filling, incorrect cavity preparation, or a break in the filling from biting or chewing hard foods. Older dental fillings commonly fall out due to decay or a break in the tooth.

Caring For Your Dental Fillings

Caring for your dental fillings after placement includes:

  • Regularly visiting our dental office twice a year for routine cleanings.
  • Brush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Floss after eating.
  • Contact us if you notice a crack or a piece of missing filling.
  • Check for sensitivity in teeth between dental visits.

Request Your Dental Fillings Appointment Today

Dental fillings aren’t a scary procedure. We perform painless, quick dental fillings every day. Reach out to DentAlign NYC for a routine check-up or if you suspect you need a dental filling. Our dentists, Drs. Kenn and Irene Kakosian are experts in ensuring your teeth are healthy and happy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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