Dr. Gary Herskovits understands the importance of a smile that is both healthy and aesthetic. To ensure that you enjoy natural-looking restorations, we offer tooth-colored dental fillings at our Brooklyn, NY, office. Like all fillings, tooth-colored restorations can strengthen decayed teeth, and renew your dental function. However, naturally-colored, composite resin restorations offer additional benefits not available with traditional amalgam fillings. If you are suffering from dental decay, contact Brooklyn Smile today.
What Does a Dental Filling Do?
Bacteria can accumulate on the surface of your teeth, especially in areas that are difficult to brush. If left untreated, these pockets can lead to cavities, which can cause structural damage to your tooth, and lead to infection. After treatment for cavities, a filling will strengthen and restore the structure of your tooth, alleviating the sensitivity and pain present with cavities. A filling will also protect your tooth from bacteria and future decay.
In contrast to metal, which can show through your tooth, and cause discoloration, composite will not alter the appearance of your smile.
Are You a Candidate?
If you have a small or moderately sized cavity, a filling is typically the most conservative and appropriate solution. For larger cavities, an inlay or onlay may be required. However, if you have a cavity that is extensive, and an infection that has spread to the inner pulp of the tooth, you make require root canal therapy and a dental crown. Dr. Herskovits will carefully examine your dental health and take x-rays to determine which restorative option is right for you.
The Dental Filling Procedure
Before placing a filling, Dr. Herskovits will remove all decayed tissue. After your tooth is thoroughly prepared, he will apply the composite filling, layer by layer, using a specialized light to harden each coat. Dr. Herskovits will also make sure that the filling matches the color and shape of your tooth, maintaining your natural bite. He will then polish the filling and tooth to ensure your restoration is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your smile.
Benefits of Tooth-colored Materials
Dr. Herskovits offers tooth-colored composite fillings because of their many advantages. The most obvious benefit is cosmetic. With a broad spectrum of shades to choose from, Dr. Herskovits can select a color of composite that is nearly identical to your teeth. In contrast to metal, which can show through your tooth, and cause discoloration, composite will not alter the appearance of your smile.
Though often considered a cosmetic treatment, composite fillings also have important functional benefits. Tooth-colored fillings require that less dental tissue is removed than when placing a metal filling, reducing post-treatment pain and sensitivity. Metal fillings will also expand and contract in response to temperature. Over the years, this can severely weaken and damage your tooth. However, composite resin is a stable material that does not change size or compromise your dental health. In addition, the resin used with this procedure bonds to the structure of your tooth, providing extra strength and support.
Learn More about Dental Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are able to restore both the function and aesthetics of your smile. Contact our office to find out if this treatment is right for you.