According to the 2000 report from the US Surgeon General, approximately 78% of patients have experienced at least one cavity by 17. Cavities can form for even the most diligent patients, making it crucial to have the smile regularly evaluated by a dental professional to look for the early indications of tooth decay for effective treatment. At TriBeCa Dental Associates, we are here to help diagnose, treat, and prevent cavities in Brooklyn, New York area patients. That can be done with quality dental fillings.
What is a dental filling?
A tooth cavity filling is a method of replacing lost or destroyed tooth enamel following tooth decay. Many types of dental fillings may be used to achieve a restored tooth, with the most common being composite resin and porcelain. Alternative options that in the past, such as metal, silver amalgam, and cast gold, are not nearly as desirable for patients when compared to the benefits of a more cosmetic alternative. With the team’s help at our practice, patients can choose a dental filling that suits their needs.
How is a filling placed?
Dental fillings are placed in an area of decay that has been found in the smile. The dentist extracts the decayed portion of the tooth, and the area is disinfected to eliminate any bacteria that may remain in the area. Then, the filling is placed to seal off the tooth and protect it from further damage. If an extremely large filling needs to be placed, the dentist may recommend the placement of a dental crown to act as an extra layer of protection against further damage to the natural tooth structure.
Discuss tooth cavity fillings with the team at TriBeCa Dental Associates today
If you have areas of tooth decay and need white fillings, contact our dentists today by calling one of our convenient office locations in Brooklyn, NY (718) 618-9698 and New York, NY (212) 671-3749. We are committed to helping patients achieve better oral health and wellness while restoring their smiles and offering cosmetic solutions to common dental issues. With years of combined experience, our dental team can provide the quality, comprehensive dental care patients desire.