Dental fillings are restorations that replace an area of decayed tooth surface. By removing the tooth decay and placing a filling in that area, you can stop decay progression and return your tooth to its full strength, health, and appearance.
Brooklyn Dental Spa uses composite resin fillings, white fillings that match your exact tooth shade to give you an aesthetically pleasing restoration with excellent stability.
Fillings and dental bonding use the same material — composite resin — but the two procedures have different purposes. With fillings, the goal is replacing tooth decay, but bonding is more commonly a cosmetic dentistry procedure.
For example, bonding can change the shape, size, or color of teeth when you're unhappy with their appearance. Your Brooklyn Dental Spa provider can use bonding in much the same way as veneers to alter the front part of your teeth and greatly improve their appearance.
Bonding can also repair broken or chipped teeth and can build up teeth worn down by grinding or clenching. Bonding is an alternative to porcelain veneers as well.
The first step is numbing the tooth. Next is decay removal using a small drill or other dental tools. The shade of your composite resin depends on the natural shade of your teeth, which ensures that the new restoration blends in perfectly.
Filling application occurs in layers, with careful shaping to ensure that the filling fits your tooth perfectly. A curing light then hardens your filling.
The whole process is usually painless because the anesthesia deadens nerve sensations in the treatment area.
Many people with old fillings choose to replace them with white fillings for aesthetic reasons or because of wear and tear on the old fillings.
A filling replacement procedure is just like a regular filling appointment but involves removing the old filling instead of removing tooth decay.
Fillings usually last for at least 10 years and often much longer. If you practice good oral health habits and have routine teeth cleanings, you can get the very most from your fillings.
Brooklyn Dental Spa offers tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, and silver filling replacement in a calming environment, so why wait to schedule the treatment you need? Call the office or book an appointment using the online scheduling link.