Tooth decay is one of the most common oral health issues. Once a cavity forms, it’s important to remove the decay and repair the tooth. Part of this repair process is the placement of a dental filling.
If you are looking for white fillings in Forest Hills NY, Forest Hills Dental is the perfect office to meet your needs. Dr. Gregory Mark has decades of experience with treating cavities and placing composite/white fillings. Dr. Mark is also able to work with patients of all ages.
The composite fillings we offer are an excellent alternative to silver amalgam. With white fillings, there is no mercury and no visible metals.
Symptoms of Tooth Decay
It’s important to know the symptoms of tooth decay, so you know when it’s time to book an appointment with Forest Hills Dental to take a look. Some of the most common symptoms of tooth decay include:
- Pain and discomfort
- Discoloration or darkening of the enamel
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- Rough edges
- Food getting stuck between teeth
You also may simply notice that something doesn’t feel right when you are biting and chewing.
If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Forest Hills Dental. Dr. Mark will take a look at your teeth and gums to see if you have a cavity (or multiple cavities). From there, Dr. Mark will schedule an appointment to remove the decay and place a white filling.
The Benefits of White (Composite) Fillings
There are a lot of benefits to white (composite) fillings both on their own, and in comparison to other types of fillings. Forest Hills Dental uses minimally-invasive composite fillings for our restorations instead of metal fillings. We believe the advantages of white fillings outweigh those of silver amalgam fillings.
Unlike silver amalgam fillings, white fillings are able to bond closely with the enamel. Because of this, less of your healthy tooth structure has to be altered to restore the tooth. White fillings may contain fluoride, which helps to enhance the health of the surrounding enamel of the tooth. This helps with preventing recurring cavities.
Composite resin is available in different shades, and it is easy to find a shade that matches well with the tooth that is being repaired. Because of this, white fillings are much more difficult to notice and blend in well with surrounding teeth.
Dental fillings are required to restore the structure and appearance of a tooth with a cavity. Dr. Mark won’t simply replace decay and leave a hole in the tooth. Dental fillings are a normal part of any cavity repair.