Fillings are dental materials used to seal up cavities in teeth. Cavities develop when a person has tooth decay that has been ongoing for a long time. At World of Dentistry in Brooklyn, we often detect cavities on regular dental exams as most people are asymptomatic. Others can complain of pain and increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks.
At World of Dentistry, we have different types of fillings available. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. We always explain them to patients then let them decide. Naturally, we provide our recommendations, but the final decision is of the patient.
The only fillings with mercury in them are silver amalgam fillings. The problem with them is that they might release small amounts of mercury into the body over time. That’s why many of our patients prefer other types of fillings.
The most popular kinds are those made of composite resin and gold. Gold fillings are expensive but very durable. They’re usually used in the hind tooth, so they don’t affect the smile. Composite resins are natural-looking, but not as tough. They’re also cheaper. We always match the color of the composite resin used to the rest of your teeth so that they don’t stand out. Ceramic fillings look like composite resin ones but are tougher.
Fillings are considered minor dental procedures as they usually only need one visit and take less than 30 to 60 minutes to put in. We’ll start by numbing your mouth using local anesthesia. The only sensation you’ll feel during the procedure will be slight pressure, but no pain.
Next, we clean the inside of the tooth and make sure no decaying tissue is there before putting in the filling. You should be able to eat within a few years. We recommend waiting until the anesthetic wears off because if you don’t feel your tongue and lips, you’ll probably bite them while you chew.
Taking excellent care of your teeth by brushing twice a day and flossing once will help preserve the filling and prevent new cavities from forming.