Fillings Specialist

Dr. K Dental

Dentists located in Gramercy Park, New York, NY & Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, NY

Dental fillings don’t have to be dark-colored or unsightly. If you require a filling because of a cavity, the experienced dentists at Dr. K Dental, located in Union Square of Manhattan, New York, and Manhattan Beach of Brooklyn, New York, can help. They offer composite or tooth-colored fillings that blend right in with your natural teeth. Call Dr. K Dental to learn more about composite fillings or schedule an appointment online today.

Fillings

What are fillings?

Fillings are a basic dental treatment for cavities. They involve using various materials to restore decayed teeth or reshape them. Fillings are painless and tooth-colored to blend in with your natural teeth, so most people won’t even notice them.

Different types of composite materials are available for fillings. The best choice for you depends on the type of tooth requiring a filling. The dentists at Dr. K Dental use filling materials with special properties that keep teeth strong and provide the right shape and smoothness.

What are the signs of a cavity?

Signs and symptoms of cavities, also known as dental caries or tooth decay, vary depending on their size and location. Small cavities might not produce symptoms, but as they become larger you might notice:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Mild or sharp pain when eating or drinking
  • A toothache
  • Visible holes in your teeth
  • Pain when you bite down
  • White, black, or brown tooth staining

Factors that increase your risk of cavities include eating candies and other sugary foods, improper brushing and flossing techniques, skipping routine dental cleanings, and genetics. 

What are the benefits of cosmetic fillings?

The main advantage of cosmetic fillings is they are tooth-colored and blend in with your natural teeth. Most people won’t even know you have a filling! The experienced cosmetic dentists at Dr. K Dental blend filling shades to perfectly match your teeth and prevent future decay. These fillings also protect teeth from cracks and insulate them from temperature changes.

What should I expect during a filling?

Your dentist at Dr. K Dental uses the innovative iCAT® 3D scanner to detect cavities and a ZEISS microscope for better precision and accuracy during the procedure. They use anesthesia when necessary to make sure your filling is a pain-free experience.

Your provider first removes decayed areas of the tooth, keeping it clean and dry during the procedure, and fills the remaining hole with tooth-colored filling materials. They use a special light that hardens each filling layer and shapes the composite to seamlessly fit your tooth. The final step is to polish the tooth to prevent premature staining, and wear and tear.

How can I prevent future cavities?

To prevent future cavities, and the need for additional fillings, try the following prevention strategies.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss every day
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid sticky foods, sugary drinks, and other sweets
  • Attend regular dental visits and checkups

If you suspect a cavity, don’t wait until it becomes bigger and more painful. Call Dr. K Dental to book an appointment for a filling or use the online scheduler today.