Fillings Specialist

Greene Street Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in SoHo, New York, NY

Fillings are tooth-colored restorations that your dentist uses to enhance your tooth structure and prevent further decay. At Greene Street Dental in SoHo, Manhattan, you can expect natural-looking fillings that blend in seamlessly with your smile and go virtually undetected. If you have tooth pain or know you need a filling, book an exam online today. You can also call the New York City office to speak with a team member.

Fillings Q & A

What are the benefits of fillings?

Modern fillings are tooth-colored restorations that fill in areas where decay was or to add support to cracked or broken teeth. 

These white fillings are a healthier alternative to older silver fillings, which were made from metals that may cause further damage to your teeth. 

If you do have silver fillings, your dentist can often replace them with modern white fillings made of porcelain. Tooth-colored fillings are beneficial because they:

  • Often require less removal of your tooth’s surface
  • Are highly durable for small to mid-size restorations
  • Are aesthetically pleasing

Fillings also help seal in deep grooves and cracks that can lead to decay if otherwise left untreated.  

Is it painful to get a filling?

Greene Street Dental specializes in gentle dental techniques, so you can expect an entirely comfortable and virtually pain-free filling procedure. In most cases, patients describe feeling an unusual grinding or pressure sensation from the dental drill, but not pain.

To help put your mind at ease and minimize any potential discomfort, your dentist thoroughly numbs your treatment area and monitors you throughout your treatment to ensure the novocaine doesn’t wear off. 

Your dentist may also recommend sedation dentistry options if you have severe dental anxiety or unrelated issues that make it difficult to comfortably lie back, such as chronic back pain. 

How do I maintain dental fillings?

Maintaining your dental fillings is just like caring for your natural teeth. It’s important to brush twice a day, in addition to daily flossing. 

The team at Greene Street Dental also encourages you to schedule professional cleanings and dental exams every six months to remove plaque and check for early warning signs of decay. 

Aside from following good oral hygiene practices, you may need to avoid certain foods when you have fillings. Overly sticky candies, for instance, can loosen a filling and cause it to fall out. Your dentist at Greene Street Dental counsels you about which foods you may need to avoid to help your new filling last as long as possible. 

Book your dental filling evaluation at Greene Street Dental directly through the website or call to schedule by phone with a team member.