Composite Fillings in New York City

What Are Composite Fillings?

Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are a modern approach to restoring teeth that have been damaged by decay or injury. Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, composite fillings are made from a blend of high-quality materials, which can be color-matched to your natural teeth. This creates a more seamless, aesthetic finish, making them an increasingly popular choice for patients in New York City. Composite fillings not only restore the functionality of your teeth but also enhance your smile, boosting your confidence and overall oral health.

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The Composite Fillings Treatment Process

Examination and Preparation
The first step in the composite filling process involves a thorough examination of your oral health by Dr. Jagirdar at Flatiron Dental. She will identify the extent of tooth decay or damage using advanced dental technology. Once the affected tooth is identified, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Dr. Jagirdar will then remove the decayed or damaged part of the tooth, creating a clean and healthy base for the filling.

Application of the Composite Filling
After the tooth is prepared, Dr. Jagirdar will apply the composite filling material in layers. Each layer is hardened or "cured" with a special light to ensure it bonds securely with your tooth. The composite material is skillfully sculpted to match the shape of your tooth, ensuring a natural look and feel. The color of the composite filling is also carefully matched to your natural tooth color.

Polishing and Finishing
The final step in the composite filling process involves polishing and finishing. Once the composite material has been shaped and hardened, Dr. Jagirdar will finely polish the filling to create a smooth surface. This not only enhances the appearance of the filling but also helps to prevent future decay and staining. The result is a restored tooth that looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth.

The Benefits Of Composite Fillings

Aesthetically Pleasing
One of the main benefits of composite fillings is their aesthetic appeal. Unlike silver amalgam fillings, composite fillings can be color-matched to your natural teeth, resulting in a more natural and pleasing appearance. This makes them an excellent choice for fillings in visible areas of the mouth, helping you to maintain a bright and confident smile.

Preserves More of the Natural Tooth
Composite fillings require less removal of the natural tooth structure compared to amalgam fillings. This means that more of your natural tooth is preserved, promoting better long-term oral health. Plus, the composite material bonds directly to the tooth, providing additional support and strength to the tooth structure.

Safe and Mercury-FreeComposite fillings are a safe and mercury-free alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. While the health risks associated with mercury in amalgam fillings are a topic of ongoing debate, many patients prefer to avoid the potential risks altogether. Composite fillings offer a durable, safe, and aesthetically pleasing solution for restoring teeth to their natural function and appearance.

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