Dental Fillings Dentist NYC -Dedicated to Safe, Effective Care
A very common procedure done at dentists’ offices all over the world is the application of a dental filling to an affected tooth. In New York City, Dr. Marc J. Beshar is dedicated to providing you and your family with safe, effective dental care, including white dental fillings. Fillings have been used for many years and are effective in helping to repair teeth which have developed cavities or small holes. To prevent the damage from worsening or causing other dental concerns in your mouth, dental fillings are applied after the cavity has been drilled or any bacteria removed from the tooth.
At our midtown Manhattan, New York City dental offices, we are happy to offer white dental fillings for great oral health and a pleasing smile. Our NYC dental team has the knowledge, skills, and experience to fill your cavities or replace your old silver fillings with our tooth-colored dental filling material so that you no longer have to see the unsightly silver fillings and you can rest assured that they are free of mercury.
What are Tooth Colored Fillings and Are They More Expensive?
Tooth-colored (or white) dental fillings provide the same type of dental remedy that traditional silver fillings do – support the remaining tooth structure after a cavity has been drilled out as well as fill in small holes in teeth which have not become cavities but can definitely lead to tooth decay. The biggest differences, though, between tooth-colored and traditional silver fillings are both medical and aesthetic.
White dental fillings are safe, free of mercury, bond with your natural teeth to make them stronger, and are aesthetically more pleasing than the silver ones. They are virtually undetectable in your mouth. There are several factors which affect the cost of an individual filling including the location of the affected tooth, extent of the decay, the use of sedation during the procedure, necessity of a root canal, and the type of filling material used. An amalgam filling (traditional silver metal) will cost less than the composite (tooth-colored) filling.
Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Better than Silver Fillings?
When compared to traditional amalgam fillings, the basic reason for applying the filling is the same and the medical benefit of any type of filling is obvious. They prevent further decay and destruction of the affected tooth. However, there is much more to consider when it comes to the advantages of traditional versus tooth-colored fillings.
Because they are made of composite material rather than metal (specifically mercury), white dental fillings in NYC are safer and cure more solidly to the tooth reducing the risk of breakage. White dental fillings also bond with your natural teeth, which will end up making the tooth stronger. Finally, a white dental filling will match the current color of your teeth so you have a more aesthetically pleasing smile. No more concern about having to look at dark metal fillings in your mouth. White fillings are virtually undetectable. Your mouth will look and feel healthier if you opt for tooth-colored fillings rather than silver fillings.
What Happens in the Cavity Filling Procedure?
The cavity filling procedure is quick and easy, and almost any adult you meet will likely have had a filling in their lifetime. In fact, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 92% of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had a cavity affect a permanent tooth. If you think you may have a cavity, it is important that you contact our midtown Manhattan, NYC, dentist as soon as possible so that a white dental filling can be applied and further damage can be avoided.
When you visit our New York City dental office for your appointment, we will first assess the location of your cavity using new laser technology. The laser light allows Dr. Beshar to accurately measure the decay to ensure that the tooth is properly repaired (depending on your situation, it may require a root canal or simply do the filling alone). After using a local anesthetic, we will remove the decay and place the tooth-colored filling over the tooth. Dr. Beshar will make sure the filling fits well and does not negatively affect your bite before sending you home. The whole process can take less than an hour and not impact your daily routine on appointment day for longer than a couple of hours.
How Long Do Cavity Fillings Take?
In most situations, a dental filling takes about an hour or less from start to finish, but this can change depending on your oral health. A basic filling can take as little as 20 minutes, but larger or multiple fillings may take longer. The level of decay and damage to a tooth can also affect the time it takes to apply the filling, especially if a root canal is needed first. Additionally, the location of the cavity can affect the time it takes to apply the filling, especially for difficult to reach teeth.
At our dental offices in midtown Manhattan, tooth-colored dental fillings are something we do every day, and Dr. Beshar has the expertise needed to provide you with great cavity fillings in minimal time. We will discuss the whole process with you so you know what to expect and answer any and all questions you may have. Your safety and comfort are our top priority, and the NYC dental fillings procedure is no exception.
Are White Dental Fillings Safe?
Yes! In fact, white dental fillings from our midtown Manhattan dental offices are safer than traditional amalgam fillings because they are mercury free. Many patients have concerns about the fact that amalgam (silver) fillings contain a significant amount of mercury because mercury has been known to cause health problems when the levels of mercury in the organs become high enough.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conducted research on the mercury in amalgam fillings and found insufficient evidence to support a connection between mercury in dental amalgams and negative health effects. However, they have also recommended that dentists avoid using amalgam fillings in particularly sensitive populations including children under the age of 6, pregnant women, and patients who are exposed to large amounts of mercury from other sources.
If you have concerns about the levels of mercury (including mercury vapor released from the dental fillings) in traditional fillings or you have a known mercury allergy, white dental fillings are a great alternative. At Marc J. Beshar Dentistry in midtown Manhattan, we utilize tooth-colored fillings to ensure the safety of our patients and their continued oral health.
Why Are White Dental Fillings Better Than Traditional Dental Fillings?
In addition to the previously mentioned benefits of white dental fillings concerning the levels of mercury found in amalgam fillings, there are also other advantages to tooth-colored fillings. One of those advantages is aesthetics.
The traditional silver metal fillings are extremely obvious when you open your mouth to talk or take a bite of food. Many patients feel these metal fillings are unsightly and make it seem as if you do not have a healthy smile or good oral hygiene. White fillings eliminate this issue because the composite material blends in with your natural tooth color so that your mouth looks and feels as healthy as possible.
Another major advantage to white dental fillings compared to traditional dental fillings is the strength and security they provide. The composite material cures more solidly than traditional fillings which provide less chance of breakage. Additionally, tooth-colored dental fillings bond with your natural teeth which makes them inherently stronger. For a variety of reasons, white dental fillings have many clear advantages over traditional fillings which is why we utilize the white dental fillings.
What Types of Dental Filling Materials Do You Offer?
At Marc J. Beshar Dentistry in midtown Manhattan, New York City, we offer composite (tooth-colored) fillings for our patients. We understand the concerns of our patients when it comes to safety of traditional fillings since they contain significant amounts of mercury as well as their concerns about the aesthetics of traditional fillings. For these reasons, we have tooth-colored composite fillings to apply to your dental cavities.
Composite (white) fillings have no mercury in them and are made from a composite material which cures more solidly to your teeth which reduces the chance of breaking. They are also meant to match the color of your natural teeth, so you no longer have to worry about the metal fillings coming through when you smile or open your mouth. Many Manhattan patients opt for the tooth-colored dental fillings because they are a true advancement for dental fillings after having used the amalgam fillings for 150 years.
Can Dr. Beshar Replace Metal Fillings With Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Absolutely! Dr. Beshar is happy to replace the traditional silver metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings in our midtown Manhattan dental office. He will safely extract the amalgam filling, making sure to reduce your exposure to mercury vapors as much as possible, clean out any leftover debris, and replace the silver with a lovely tooth-colored composite filling.
All of this can be done in the same appointment in as little as one hour. And if you are in need of new fillings for previously unseen cavities, Dr. Beshar can fill those with the white dental fillings as well. The procedure is safe, quick, and effective, and our patients are always amazed at how beautiful their smiles are once the amalgam fillings have been removed and replaced with the white dental fillings.
We highly recommend the composite tooth-colored fillings because of the many benefits and advantages they offer our patients over the traditional amalgam fillings.
Enjoy a More Natural Smile with Dr. Beshar’s Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings Treatment
Just as unsightly staining on your teeth can make your smile look less than appealing or natural (an issue which we can gladly take care of through our advanced teeth whitening cosmetic dental procedures at the midtown Manhattan dental offices), so too can amalgam (silver) fillings.
Rather than feel less confident or shy to smile or open your mouth because of the traditional style of fillings, our Manhattan, NYC, dentist offers white (tooth-colored) dental fillings that are designed to match your natural tooth shade.
Once your cavity has been filled with the white dental filling, you will be able to flash your pearly whites and know that all of your teeth look healthy and natural. No more unsightly silver fillings to diminish the beauty of your smile, and you will greatly reduce your risk of any adverse side effects due to mercury exposure from the amalgam fillings.
Health and beauty are main priorities when it comes to your smile, and our New York City dental team is here to ensure you continue to have the healthy smile you’ve always wanted.
How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?
In general, a dental filling can last anywhere from 7 to 20 years depending on several factors such as the location of the filling, the size of the filling, and your dental hygiene (brushing at least twice per day and flossing every day is best). Dental fillings can loosen over time due to the stress you place on them by chewing, biting, talking, and other activities. If they loosen, a pocket may develop which can collect food and cause decay.
It is essential that you make sure you visit our New York City dental team at Marc J. Beshar Dentistry twice each year so that your fillings can be checked for any serious issues. Catching dental problems early can prevent more complicated and painful procedures such as root canals and extractions.
We are happy to answer all of your questions and concerns about composite dental fillings to ensure you understand exactly what will be done and feel comfortable with the procedure.
How Can I Get Started with White Dental Fillings?
If you feel you may be in need of a dental filling, the first step is to make an appointment with our midtown Manhattan dentist so that he can check out your teeth. During your visit, Dr. Beshar will evaluate your teeth and gums and determine if you have any cavities or small holes that can be filled with our composite, tooth-colored dental filling.
Our dental team will give you all the information you need so that you are fully aware of the filling procedure and are prepared for the treatment. We work to ensure that you have a pleasant experience because we believe that health and safety of our patients is the key to success in the dental field.
Contact us today to set an appointment with our New York City dental experts so we can begin to care for your dental health. Dr. Beshar and his team look forward to serving your oral health needs.
Contact Our NYC Dental Office
Contact us today to set up an appointment with Manhattan dentist Dr. Marc Beshar for composite (tooth-colored) dental fillings. We have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to provide you the best possible oral healthcare. We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services, including white dental fillings. Call us today to learn more about our midtown Manhattan team and to schedule your first visit.
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