There’s no need to alter your smile with dark amalgam fillings when there are numerous aesthetic dental fillings available. When you work with the team at 286 Madison Dental in Midtown, Manhattan, you have a wide range of options when it comes to tooth restoration. For example, tooth-colored fillings are one example of how you can improve the health and appearance of your smile. To learn more, book an appointment online or call the New York City office today.
A dental filling involves cleaning out an area of your tooth where decay has set in and then filling the cavity with a special material that seals the area and prevents additional decay. For many years, amalgam fillings (the dark metal-colored type) were the primary available option.
These fillings are durable, and they seal the area and protect the tooth from ongoing decay. However, you may not want to choose them due to their appearance, and they can be visible when you eat, yawn, speak, or laugh.
Aesthetic dental fillings or bonding perform the same protective and restorative function but use materials that match the shade of your natural teeth.
Dental bonding is a tooth restoration approach that uses a type of composite resin to fill cavities. The composite resin is made up of a blend of resin and glass particles.
This approach allows your 286 Madison Dental dentist to customize the shade of the bonding material to match the surrounding natural tooth tissue. Your new filling is virtually indistinguishable once complete.
Dental bonding can also build-up a small tooth or fill in a gap between teeth. The entire process usually takes only 30-60 minutes, and you walk out of the office with your new smile.
Dental inlays and onlays are other forms of aesthetic dental fillings. They are custom-crafted to fit the exact shape of your cavity as well as a small portion of the surrounding tissue.
Inlays fit in the grooves of your tooth and do not extend beyond the cusps or biting surface of your tooth. Onlays fit over the cusps. Both types are cemented into position once the manufacturing process is complete, and they create strong, durable restorations.
The team at 286 Madison Dental uses a CERECⓇ (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) system to create custom dental crowns and inlays/onlays in the office. This means no waiting for an offsite dental lab. You can see your new smile on the same day.
To explore these aesthetic dental fillings options in greater detail, call 286 Madison Dental to set up your visit. Online scheduling is also available.