Tooth decay is one of the most common dental health concerns and occurs when oral bacteria emit harmful acid that breaks down tooth enamel. While silver amalgam has been used in the past to repair dental cavities, we now understand the potential health concerns and treatment limitations associated with amalgam fillings. To bring the highest quality of cosmetic and restorative care to patients, PDA Dental offers tooth-colored composite fillings to repair tooth decay, broken teeth, and other types of damage. Composite resin allows for a conservative approach to restoring teeth and blends evenly with enamel for a natural look and feel. In many cases, our general dentists can also replace amalgams with composite fillings for a seamless, safer treatment option. Learn more about tooth-colored fillings by reserving a visit at PDA Dental in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, NY.
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Composite fillings are safe for patients of all ages and are used to rebuild damaged teeth once the affected tooth structure has been removed. As a versatile and durable material, composite can be placed in the front or back of the mouth to treat mild to moderate tooth decay, worn tooth enamel, and chipped or broken teeth. Our dentists may also replace old or failing amalgam fillings with tooth-colored composite resin. Since composite is shaded to match the color of the surrounding teeth, fillings made of this material offer a natural, seamless appearance for the smile.
What To Expect
In most cases, placing a composite filling is accomplished in a single visit at our modern, spa-like dental practice. Our general dentists take a gentle approach to care and treat the needs of our patients in the most conservative way possible. To begin, we will numb the tooth with a local anesthetic to ensure comfort during treatment. When the tooth is numb, our team will use advanced dental instruments and techniques to eliminate decayed or damaged areas. After rinsing and drying the tooth, a composite material matching the shade of your enamel will be layered and cured (hardened) with our special dental light. Your filling will then be adjusted to mimic natural anatomy and polished for a smooth, natural feel.
Since receiving a composite filling is typically a simple process, you can generally carry on with your normal daily routine following your visit. It is best to avoid eating, however, until the anesthesia wears off completely and full sensation has returned to your mouth. While you should not experience any major concerns, your treated tooth might be slightly sensitive for a few days. If your new filling feels too high or your bite feels uneven, please contact our team to schedule a quick adjustment. Tooth-colored fillings can last for many years when cared for with proper brushing and flossing each day. When you visit PDA Dental for routine dental visits, we will evaluate your composite filling and ensure it is still serving your oral health in the best possible way.
Tooth-colored composite fillings for restoring damaged teeth are usually covered, at least in part, by most insurance policies. Before your visit, we will review your individual plan and help you maximize your insurance benefits. PDA Dental wants all patients to have access to exceptional dental care and is pleased to accept a variety of convenient payment choices for any out-of-pocket expenses.
Treating cavities, broken teeth, and other types of damage early on can help prevent the need for more advanced, costlier care down the road. Our team of experienced dentists takes a conservative approach to treatment whenever possible and offers natural-looking composite fillings that blend beautifully with your smile. For more information on cosmetic and restorative fillings, contact PDA Dental in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, NY today.