Dr. Boyd Can Repair Your Tooth
At Healthy Chelsea Dental, we use tooth-colored fillings to eliminate decay, protect your tooth, and restore your oral health. Discover how our exceptional New York dentists can use a simple and easy filling to get your smile back on track.
What Is a Composite Filling?
A composite or tooth-colored filling is used to repair a tooth that’s affected by decay, cracks, fractures, and more. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will carefully be removed and filled with a composite filling.
Dr. Boyd will match the color of the filling material to your natural teeth to ensure your restoration seamlessly blends in with your smile. Our tooth-colored fillings are considered more aesthetically suited for use in your front teeth or other more visible areas of your mouth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. But they’re very durable and will give you a beautiful smile for many years to come.
Reasons to Get a Filling
Our New York practice may recommend tooth-colored fillings for a number of reasons, such as:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing spaces between teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn-down teeth
Placing Your Filling
Our exceptional dentists can place your composite filling in as little as one appointment by following these simple steps:
- While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary.
- Space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.
- If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection.
- The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It’s normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, but this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, tooth-colored fillings are completely safe and are a great option for restoring damaged or decayed teeth. They’re made of a composite material that’s hardened with a curing light, also known as ultraviolet light. Tooth-colored fillings are safe, effective, and long-lasting.
In most cases, tooth-colored fillings are designed to last anywhere from 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced. However, with good oral care, composite fillings can last even longer. It’s important to come in for regular dental cleanings and check-ups to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Contact our office in New York, NY at (212) 206-0513 to get started today.
Yes, it is possible to switch out your old, silver fillings to new, composite fillings. This cosmetic restoration provides the strength and longevity of amalgam (silver) fillings while seamlessly blending in with your natural teeth. During your appointment, we’ll examine your old fillings and determine if it’s a safe option to replace them with our tooth-colored fillings.
Both types of fillings are effective in restoring damaged or decayed teeth. However, if you’re seeking a more attractive, discreet option, then composite fillings are the better alternative. Our composite fillings are designed to blend with the natural tooth, so no one would be able to notice the difference.