East Village Dental PC

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Lower East Side, New York, NY

If you have a cavity, a filling is one of the best ways to restore your oral health. The team of professionals at East Village Dental in New York City offer safe, effective, and high-tech fillings for their patients. To learn more, or to get started with your filling, schedule a visit to their state-of-the-art clinic in Manhattan’s Lower East Side today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Fillings Q & A

What is a tooth filling?

A filling is a procedure that your dentist performs in order to treat a cavity or hole in your tooth. 

Cavities typically occur because of tooth decay, which happens when plaque or tartar is left to sit on the surfaces of your tooth for too long. 

Plaque and tartar contain harmful acids and bacteria that eat away at your tooth enamel. The longer they’re left to sit, the bigger the hole they can produce.

You can protect yourself from cavities by practicing good oral hygiene, like brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and maintaining regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. 

If you nonetheless end up getting a cavity, the team at East Village Dental can easily treat it with a filling.

What are the signs that I need a filling?

Some of the signs that you might have developed a cavity that needs filling include:

  • Pain when biting down
  • Spontaneous sensitivity or pain in your tooth
  • Pain or increased sensitivity when eating or drinking something hot, cold, or sweet

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with East Village Dental immediately. The team of experts can take a deeper look at your tooth with digital X-rays and determine whether or not it needs a filling.

The sooner you address a cavity, the more minimal the treatment is, so don’t wait. East Village Dental even offers same-day appointments for patients with emergency concerns.

What happens when I get fillings?

First, your dentist applies a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding tissue. Then, they use a drill to remove all of the decay in your cavity, and clean and sterilize your tooth.

Next, they fill the resulting hole with the filling material and let it dry. In some cases, they shine a special curing light on your tooth to accelerate the hardening process. Once your filling hardens, they use a drill to shape the filling so that it blends in seamlessly with the rest of your tooth.

What are the advantages of composite fillings?

East Village Dental performs its fillings with porcelain or white composite material, which has a number of advantages over traditional silver fillings, like:

  • More aesthetically pleasing
  • No mercury
  • Less invasive treatment
  • Stronger filling

To learn more about how composite fillings can benefit your smile, or to get started on your filling, schedule a visit with East Village Dental today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.