While you try to avoid cavities, chances are you may develop a small hole in your tooth at some point. Then you need to get a cavity filling to repair the damage. Left untreated, a cavity can lead to major pain and extensive dental work. Prevent cavities and tooth decay by visiting your boutique dental practice at least twice a year. Dr. Alex Shalman in Lower Manhattan ensures that you receive the highest quality care, designed for your specific needs and goals. Get fillings when needed, but remember that your family dentist is also a cosmetic dentist. You have access to a full suite of cosmetic dental services, including the very best Invisalign teeth straighteners. Call Dr. Shalman’s boutique dental practice today!
Cavities develop in your teeth due to tooth decay. Over time, the bacteria on your teeth build up due to food particles or sugar left on the surface of the tooth. Too many sweet drinks or neglecting your dental hygiene exacerbate the problem, leading to plaque forming on your teeth.
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Plaque is a sticky substance that eats away at the tooth’s hard, protective enamel. Bacteria cling to the plaque and creates tooth decay by invading the cavity. Cavities always begin as small soft holes in your tooth. Left untreated, this small hole can grow and eventually compromise your tooth’s deeper, more vulnerable layers.
When you get a cavity in your tooth, a filling is a minor procedure to repair the tooth. Fillings protect you from a host of painful dental conditions, including:
Untreated cavities may require a root canal procedure or even tooth extraction. Cavities can happen at any age, so be sure to visit Dr. Alex Shalman twice a year for regular check-ups and cleanings. He runs a boutique family dentistry practice in Downtown Manhattan. His highly specialized services also extend to cosmetic dentistry so you always look as good as you feel.
Once Dr. Shalman has identified the cavity through a visual inspection and x-rays, the procedure is quick, clean and nearly painless. You won’t experience any pain during the cleaning, as your Downtown NYC dentist performs the following steps to numb your mouth:
Dr. Shalman then uses a dental drill to gently remove the decayed area from your tooth. Once he has hollowed out the decay, he can fill the void with several possible cavity-filling materials. Composite resin is the most common material, as it mimics the color and luster of your other teeth.
You have several choices for your cavity filling material. Each type of filling has a different strength and color property. Aesthetics play a big role when choosing cavity fillings. Your choices include:
Dr. Shalman provides you with a complete list of pros and cons when discussing metal fillings vs. composite fillings. He makes suggestions based on your goals and lifestyle. As a dentist at a boutique practice, Dr. Shalman offers the highest levels of customer service to accompany the gentle, high-quality dental care. Contact the practice today whether to begin your preventive dental process, because you’re feeling the first tinges of a cavity or due to a severe toothache. Your comfort and well-being always come first.
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