Tooth Fillings Specialist

Midtown Dental Care

Dentists located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

Removing and filling cavities as soon as they occur prevents a tooth infection from reaching your roots and requiring an extraction or root canal procedure. Cavities usually have no symptoms, which is why a biannual visit to your Midtown Dental Care dentist in Manhattan, New York, is so essential to your oral health and for preserving your teeth. If you think you may have a cavity, or if it’s time for your six-month checkup and you live in the Greater New York area — including Queens, Rego Park, Manhattan, and New York City — call or book online with Midtown Dental Care.

Tooth Filling Q & A

How do I know if I have a cavity?

You may have a cavity — a tiny hole in your tooth that can lead to a severe infection and even tooth loss — but not even know it.

Cavities are a symptom of tooth decay that can lead to tooth loss if not caught in time, treated, and filled. Your Midtown Dental Care dentist identifies cavities by examining your teeth and using digital X-rays.

Most cavities have no symptoms. However, an untreated cavity can grow, reaching deep into your dental pulp and root canals, causing extreme pain and inflammation.

How did I get a cavity?

Several factors can cause cavities, including:

  • A diet high in carbohydrates and sugar
  • Eroding gums that expose your tooth to bacteria
  • Not getting fluoride treatments during childhood

Why should I fill my cavity?

Your Midtown Dental Care dentist treats cavities by removing the decayed matter with a laser and then filling it with a tooth-colored composite. If you don’t fill your cavity, the decay can spread, leading to infection and tooth loss.

Cavity filling at Midtown Dental Care consists of a few simple steps:

  • Numbing the target area with anesthesia
  • Removing decay with a laser or drill  
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the hole
  • Inserting the tooth-colored composite
  • Sealing the bond with light
  • Polishing the filling, so it’s smooth and natural-looking

How will my tooth feel after a filling?

Your filled tooth may be sensitive to heat or cold for a few days after your procedure. You can treat your filled tooth like the rest of your teeth, by brushing and flossing after meals and visiting your Midtown Dental Care dentist biannually.

What if I don’t fill my cavity?

If you don’t fill your cavity, the decay could extend into the pulp and the root canals.

You could lose the tooth to advanced decay and infection, or your dentist may need to extract it. You can also save the tooth by getting an endodontic procedure called a root canal, but filling your tooth as soon as a cavity appears is the safest, easiest, and most cost-effective way to treat it.

Can I prevent cavities and fillings?

You can prevent cavities by eating a healthy diet that minimizes sugar, brushing and flossing at least twice a day, and seeing your Midtown Dental Care dentist biannually. Call now or book a consultation online.

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