Dental Fillings in SoHo
Technology is advancing every day, so we are better able to detect, treat, and prevent common health conditions like tooth decay. At Greene Street Dental, we utilize this technology to benefit your health. If cavities can be avoided, we want to avoid them. If we can catch them early, we want to stop the infection in its tracks. It’s our job as your healthcare providers to give your teeth their best shots at longevity, and we can do that with general dentistry services like tooth fillings.
You Don’t Have to Live With Tooth Decay
News from the American Dental Association (ADA) estimates that 1 in 5 adults in the United States have an untreated cavity. For children, this proportion ranges between around 9 and 15 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Tooth decay is both preventable and treatable, and our general dentists can guide you in both.
At Greene Street Dental, we can treat tooth pain and decay with dental fillings. Once your teeth are healthy, we can help you prevent cavities with routine dental cleanings and patient education.
Comparing Different Kinds of Cavity Fillings
Traditionally, different kinds of metals are used to fill cavities; however, many offices are moving towards primarily composite fillings. Each material comes with unique advantages and drawbacks. Here’s a rundown of the four primary types of cavity fillings:
Probably the most common and cost-effective material, amalgam is a mixture of silver, mercury, copper, and tin. They tend to look silver, though over time they can tarnish and turn black. Amalgam fillings can cost anywhere from $50 to $200, and they last for 15 years or more (depending on your hygiene and oral habits). While amalgam makes cavity treatment more accessible, and it’s proven to be a durable and long-lasting solution, it does cause problems for some. Because amalgam is a conductive metal, it can cause tooth sensitivity. It also expands and contracts with extreme temperature, sometimes injuring the tooth or opening it up to additional decay. For most people, amalgam fillings are a long-lasting, safe, and comfortable option.
This more expensive filling material is often used in areas that see a lot of pressure such as the molars and bicuspids. Well-taken-care-of gold fillings can last 30 years, but they are less cost-accessible, as they can cost anywhere from $250 to $4,500. One huge advantage of gold over silver is that it is more malleable. This allows the dentist to make a more precise mold of the cavity, get rid of less of the natural tooth during drilling, and create a tighter, long-lasting fit.
About on par with gold in terms of cost, ceramic (or porcelain) fillings tend to be long-lasting and durable, and they are naturally colored. They can be tailored to match the exact shade of your existing teeth. Ceramic has a unique ability to bond to the tooth that metal fillings just don’t have. Because ceramic is custom-made for the cavity and bonded with adhesive, the fit is close and comfortable. These can last for 15 years or more with proper hygiene.
There’s a reason that many offices are moving toward exclusively providing composite fillings. While they don’t last as long as traditional fillings, they bond closely with the tooth to protect from decay and are not sensitive to hot or cold. The cost of a composite filling varies per office but may land somewhere between $135 and $300. Composite fillings are made of a plastic resin that is bonded to the tooth with UV light. They are invisible to the eye (though they may stain over time) and can last up to 10 years.
How Do I Know If I Need a Dental Filling?
The best way to tell if you need a filling is to get looked at by our dentist. We can perform a dental check-up using X-Ray or intraoral scanners to detect signs of decay.
If you’re not sure whether you should go to a dentist, though, here are some other clues that you might have a cavity:
Pain and tenderness when chewing or clenching
Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or sweet food and drink
Discoloration on the tooth
Visible holes or pits in the tooth that shouldn’t be there
Don’t wait if you’re experiencing tooth pain. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that your cavity will turn into a dental emergency.
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Cavity Treatment in SoHo, NY | Greene Street Dental
We offer pediatric dental fillings and adult fillings at our office in Lower Manhattan. At Greene Street Dental, we care about your health and your wallet. We don’t want you back in the chair over and over again for repeat fillings. We’d much rather help you stay on top of your dental health and avoid the pain altogether. That’s why we offer individualized care that helps us determine the cause of your cavities. We hope to offer strong preventive care through fluoride treatments, sealants, and other measures.
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