Dental Fillings in Brooklyn

Working with patientGetting a dental filling is one of the most common procedures to help restore normal tooth function and prevent further damage from cavities. When a cavity is close to the root, it can cause a lot of pain. Delaying medical attention may affect our ability to save the tooth; we recommend scheduling an appointment with our dentist as soon as possible.

The most common reason for tooth damage is poor oral hygiene. Not brushing and flossing daily can leave food residue on your teeth. The residue lingers until it starts to eat away at the tooth. Sugar is one example of a food that promotes cavities. Broken, chipped, or cracked teeth may also be candidates for a filling.

Steps to Achieve a Healthier Smile

As with any procedure at Aesthetic Dental, during the preliminary consultation, our dentist conducts a complete examination of the teeth to identify the main areas of damage. In some cases, X-rays may be necessary to obtain a good picture of the condition of the dental canals.

Placing a filling is the best option for minor damage from cavities, loss of a previously installed filling, or a tooth injury that doesn’t affect the root. Most people discover they have a cavity when they experience acute pain. Fillings help correct the shape of a tooth and its functionality using materials specially manufactured for this purpose.

Having a filling placed is relatively simple but also requires specific skills. After making sure the patient is comfortable, our dentist cleans the affected area of the tooth and fills it with the chosen filling material based on the patient’s preference. Once placed at the site of the damage, it protects sensitive tissues from further destruction.

The choice of anesthesia is decided in consultation with the patient. We generally use local anesthetics injected into the problem tooth’s area. However, for people with hypersensitivity or severe anxiety, the patient may choose general anesthesia or sedation.

Pain is indicative of the healing process. Typically, the treated tooth may be uncomfortable from several hours to three days after the procedure. Eating warm, soft foods and using herbal and soda rinses are recommended during this period.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any restrictions after receiving a tooth filling?

Do not eat or drink, brush your teeth, or rinse your mouth for two hours after the filling. If other processes, such as remineralization of the teeth, were also carried out at the same time (e.g., applying fluoride varnish), refusing to eat, drink, and rinse for three hours is recommended.

How often do I need to change my fillings?

The life of a filling depends on the materials used, the characteristics of the particular case, and the specialist’s qualifications. We recommend changing fillings on average once every five years. Even those made of more durable, high-quality materials will eventually require replacement after a while.

What happens if the tooth is not filled?

Without a filling, the tooth’s pulp is only covered with a thin layer of soft dentin that will quickly collapse, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth. Pulpitis, an inflammation of the tooth’s soft tissues develops, followed by periodontitis, affecting the tissues around the tooth. This process is painful, and resolving the problem will be much more expensive than replacing the filling.

What are the best fillings?

We always recommend a photopolymer filling. Convenient and comfortable, it follows the natural anatomy of the tooth as much as possible so the bite doesn’t change or interfere with normal function. This merges with the tooth’s healthy tissues without discoloration and guarantees an attractive smile.

Unlike amalgam material, this material pairs well with natural teeth, and unlike cement, it allows us to create reliable, durable fillings. While more costly than other materials, it’s durable, non-toxic, and won’t destroy tissues, shrink, or require special care.

What other materials are fillings made of?

Cements are the most inexpensive materials, but they are used less and less for fillings. Still, the content of fluoride ions in some formulations makes them relevant for protecting milk and permanent teeth from the recurrence of cavities.

Metal fillings (amalgams) are alloys based on silver, copper, and mercury metals. These wear-resistant and affordable materials are only used for filling molars because they do not present well aesthetically.


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