At Central Park South Dental (Midtown NYC) we use the most advanced composite resins for tooth colored fillings. If you have a cavity or a chip in a tooth, then we may suggest mending it with a tooth colored fillings.
In addition to Tooth Colored Fillings we offer a wide range of preventative, cosmetic and restorative dental procedures in Midtown, NYC
What are Tooth Colored Fillings?
Tooth colored fillings are made from a special type of plastic called composite resin. We use the most advanced composite resins that are strong and hardwearing and this material comes in a huge variety of different shades and translucencies so we can easily match your new filling to your natural tooth color.
Quite often we will use a combination of different resins to create a beautiful and virtually invisible filling.
Why Choose a Tooth Colored Filling?
In the past, tooth colored fillings tended to only be used when repairing front teeth, but these days they are far more likely to be used when any tooth needs mending, including back teeth.
Advanced Dental Material
This is largely due to more advanced dental materials being introduced as in the past composite resin fillings wouldn’t have been strong enough to mend back teeth.
These days they can easily cope with the pressures created during chewing and are a far healthier option for your teeth than opting for more traditional silver colored amalgam fillings, which is one reason why we much prefer to use composite resin.
Tooth Colored Fillings are Healthier Option for Your Teeth
Composite Resin vs Amalgam
Composite resin interacts with your own tooth structure as the material bonds extremely strongly to your tooth, sealing out bacteria and preventing the filling from leaking. Composite resin also reacts differently when it comes under pressure compared to amalgam.
When amalgam is subjected to pressure during chewing then it tends to flex which can create tiny micro fractures in your teeth, weakening the overall structure.
This doesn’t happen with composite resin. In addition, amalgam can expand and contract whenever it comes into contact with hot and cold foods and again this is something that doesn’t occur when composite resin is used.
When a dentist prepares a tooth for an amalgam filling, it’s necessary to remove slightly more of the healthy tooth structure compared to a composite resin filling. We much prefer to preserve as much of your healthy tooth as we can.
Tooth Colored Filling Procedure
Your composite resin filling can be placed under local anesthetic to keep you completely comfortable during this procedure. (See: Dental Sedation Options) The procedure for placing a tooth colored filling is a little different compared to an amalgam filling as it is more technique sensitive.
remove: Our dentist will remove any decayed or damaged material, leaving the healthy tooth structure intact. The cavity is thoroughly cleaned and dried before the composite resin is placed in tiny increments and we use a special light to harden it.
construct: Our dentist will gradually construct your filling before shaping and polishing it. Once the local anesthetic wears off, you’ll be able to eat and drink normally.
Your tooth colored filling should last for several years before it eventually needs replacing as no restoration lasts forever. Our dentist will regularly check its condition to make sure it is still fully functional.
All procedures are performed in our Midtown NYC, Central Park South dental center. If you have any questions about Tooth Colored Fillings or to make an appointment please call our Midtown Manhattan dental office:
Dr. Oleg Klempner
200 Central Park S #109
New York, NY 10019
☎ (212) 265-2021