When you need a dental filling, you may not realize you have choices. Depending on the placement of the filling, the tooth structure, the tooth’s chewing load, and your personal preferences, your NYC dentist will help you choose the right type of filling to have you smiling brightly in no time.
Amalgam and Traditional Fillings
Amalgam fillings are silver-colored fillings that have been used by dentists for over 150 years. These fillings are generally the most affordable and are long-lasting and durable, particularly for back teeth such as molars, which do a lot of work and sustain a lot of chewing force. Other traditional fillings may be made of porcelain or even gold.
Ceramic and plastic fillings, sometimes called composite resin , are often the choice of cosmetic dentists because they can be matched to the color and shape of your original tooth, providing a natural smile from any angle. These types of dental fillings are ideal for repairing front teeth. In some cases, composite fillings may be used on your back teeth if tooth decay is minimal and enough healthy tooth structure is left to sustain chewing forces.
Direct and Indirect Fillings
In addition to the materials used, there are two options your dentist will consider when filling cavities: direct and indirect fillings. In many cases, your dentist can excavate the cavity and place your filling in one visit, especially in the case of composite resin fillings. Indirect fillings require two visits to your dentist; during your first visit, the cavity is excavated and your tooth measured for manufacturing of your restoration, such as a crown, bridge, veneer, inlay, or onlay. Your dentist will fit and cement your restoration in place during a second visit.
Discuss your filling options today with your dental provider at Park 56 Dental , your best option for dental care in NYC. We offer comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry to have you smiling brighter than ever before. To learn more about us and our practice, visit us online or call (212) 826-2322.