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If you develop a cavity, fillings can preserve the integrity of your tooth enamel and prevent the risk of more serious complications. At Brooklyn City Dental, with two locations in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods of Brooklyn, the expert team uses fillings to repair damaged teeth and restore smiles. To schedule an appointment at either New York City office, book online or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.
Fillings are a type of restorative dentistry used to address damage caused by tooth decay. It’s a quick, outpatient procedure that’s virtually pain-free.
If you need a filling, you’re in good company. Research suggests 92% of American adults between the ages of 20-64 have at least one cavity.
Before recommending a filling, the team at Brooklyn City Dental conducts an oral exam and asks about your symptoms. They also take a series of oral X-rays to get a comprehensive view of your tooth and determine the extent of the decay.
If you have mild or moderate decay, you’ll likely qualify for a filling but more extensive decay might require a crown.
If the team determines that you’ll benefit from a filling, they administer a local anesthetic that numbs your mouth. Once you’re comfortable, they use special tools to remove the decaying portion of your tooth. Then, they sterilize the area and apply the filling.
At Brooklyn City Dental, the team uses composite, tooth-colored fillings. They apply a thin layer of resin and dry it with a special blue light. The team repeats that process several times until your tooth is restored to its near-original shape and height.
The length that a filling takes depends on the extent of the decay. Small fillings typically take between 20-30 minutes. Larger fillings can take anywhere between 45-60 minutes.
Following the application, it takes some time for the filling to set. To ensure the filling cures, avoid biting down or chewing on your affected tooth for at least 24 hours.
Following the application of your filling, it’s normal to experience some mild tooth sensitivity, but any discomfort should subside within 24 hours.
To reduce sensitivity, the team at Brooklyn City Dental recommends:
You might also want to use desensitizing toothpaste for a few days.
Composite fillings typically last 5-15 years, but it’s possible to extend their lifespan with good oral hygiene. The team at Brooklyn City Dental recommends brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting the dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
If you’re interested in learning more about fillings, request an appointment at Brooklyn City Dental. Call the nearest office to speak with a member of the administrative team or book online.