It’s not uncommon to receive a filling when you visit the dentist. Of American adults, 91% have had at least one cavity. Dentists have been repairing decayed teeth with the traditional silver-colored amalgam fillings for generations. But now, you can opt for cosmetic fillings (a more aesthetically-pleasing option). Serving patients in the Midtown area of New York City, Dr. Bruce Berkowitz offers beautiful cosmetic fillings to improve your smile. Call today or schedule an appointment online.
A filling is a dental procedure used to treat a decayed tooth.
Dr. Berkowitz inserts the filling into a tooth to stop the decay from spreading. If you don’t prevent it, the spread of decay could cause a severe infection and could lead to tooth loss.
Traditionally, dentists use amalgam fillings, which are composed of a combination of various metals that help retain the normal function of the tooth.
However, Dr. Berkowitz offers a more aesthetically-pleasing option. He prefers to use composite fillings, a combination of acrylic resin and glass enabling the filling to match the color of your tooth.
The procedure is simple and consists of just one appointment.
First, Dr. Berkowitz chooses the shade of composite that best matches your tooth color. After removing the decay, he utilizes a special curing light to harden each layer of filling material and shapes it to fit your tooth. He finishes by polishing the filling so it remains smooth and resistant to staining.
Practicing good oral hygiene is vital in keeping cosmetic fillings looking healthy and attractive. Dr. Berkowitz recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush and making a habit of flossing at least once a day.
To prevent fillings from changing color, avoid things like smoking, coffee, tea, and other foods that can stain, such as blueberries and red wine. It’s always a good idea to limit sugary snacks and sodas. For sure, keep up with regular professional cleanings at least twice a year.
The most celebrated benefit of composite fillings is that it's almost impossible to see which tooth you’ve had restored. With a good color match, cosmetic fillings are virtually unnoticeable. Since these fillings bond directly to your enamel, they’re strong and durable.
Not only do cosmetic fillings repair your cavities, but they can also change the color or shape of your tooth too, providing an excellent solution for a healthy smile. Call Dr. Berkowitz today or schedule an appointment online to have a conversation to see if cosmetic fillings can improve your smile.
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