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Fillings Specialist

Madison Dental Partners

Restorative & Cosmetic Dentists & Periodontics located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

The longer you go without treating a cavity, the more damage it causes to the tooth. Fortunately, getting a filling is a simple process at Madison Dental Partners on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Dentists Steven Schwartz, DDS, Fadwa Robb, DDS, and Navid Baradarian, DDS, offer composite fillings as well as porcelain and ceramic fillings. Book your appointment at the New York City office by phone or request one online today.

Fillings Q & A

What are fillings?

A dental filling is a way to treat a cavity and prevent new cavities from forming in the same place. Getting a filling can restore the tooth’s function and shape while preventing more decay from harming your tooth. It’s a quick, simple procedure that you can finish in one office visit. 

At Madison Dental Partners, your dentist offers local anesthesia to make your mouth numb before they start the filling procedure. Using a drill, they create an opening in the enamel of the tooth and remove the decay. 

Your dentist makes sure all harmful bacteria are out of the space before placing the filling, and they might place a liner first to protect the nerve inside the tooth. After your dentist prepares the area, they can put the filling in.

What are the differences between filling options?

Madison Dental Partners offers different fillings, and your dentist can tell you which is best for you. Metals like gold or silver amalgam make strong fillings, but they stand out and are often visible when you open your mouth or smile. Madison Dental Partners offers these two tooth-colored options instead:

Composite resin fillings

Composite resin fillings have a formula of glass or quartz and work well to treat small to medium cavities. They come in a semi-liquid form that your dentist paints on your teeth layer by layer. After your dentist applies the layers, they harden the material with a bright curing light.

Porcelain/ceramic fillings

Your dentist designs and creates your porcelain or ceramic filling to fit into the cavity space perfectly before bonding them to your teeth. 

Your dentist can make a ceramic filling quickly in the office using the Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) system with computer-aided design and manufacturing technology. 

How long do fillings last?

Eventually, you’ll need to replace your dental fillings. Just like your natural teeth, the materials in your fillings can wear down. Composite resin fillings also stain like natural teeth, so you might choose to replace your filling because of discoloration. 

Composite resin fillings don’t last quite as long as other options, seven years on average, but the process of getting them is quick and simple. Meanwhile, porcelain and ceramic fillings can last for 15 years or longer. 

To extend the life of your filling, you should practice good oral hygiene and attend your professional cleanings and exams at Madison Dental Partners every six months. 

Book your next exam to determine if you need fillings. Call Madison Dental Partners or request an appointment online today.