Cavities caused by tooth decay are one of the most common dental problems people experience. If you’re suffering from a cavity, the team of dental experts at East Village Dental Center can restore your oral health and keep your smile beautiful with aesthetic dental fillings. To learn more, schedule a visit to their state-of-the-art clinic in New York City’s East Village neighborhood. You can book your visit by phone or online.
A dental filling is a procedure that treats a cavity caused by tooth decay. With a filling, your dentist uses a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument to remove your decayed tooth material before sealing off the resulting hole with a filling material.
The team at East Village Dental Center specializes in aesthetic dental fillings that use composite resin material to treat your cavity. Composite resin material is made from glass and resin particles that have a color similar to your tooth enamel. Your aesthetic dental filling preserves the appearance of your smile by blending in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth, unlike the silver amalgam fillings that many other dentists use.
Inlays and onlays are restorations that can also treat cavities caused by tooth decay. They’re solid fillings that your dentist cements onto or into your tooth, protecting its cusps and providing a solution for your tooth decay. Your dentist might suggest getting an inlay or onlay if your affected tooth doesn’t have enough material to support a traditional filling.
An inlay is bonded right inside the tips of your tooth, while an onlay extends out over the entire chewing surface of your tooth. East Village Dental Center uses porcelain for their inlays and onlays. Porcelain or ceramic is actually a stronger material than composite resin and tends to last longer, too. It also has a color similar to your natural tooth enamel, so your inlay or onlay blends in beautifully with your smile.
It all depends on the condition of your particular tooth and how significant your cavity is. The team at East Village Dental Center works with you to help determine what’s the best course of action for your unique treatment plan.
Dental fillings can sometimes impair the strength of the tooth they’re treating by as much as 50%, while inlays and onlays can actually enhance the strength of your tooth by up to 75%. The porcelain used in inlays and onlays is also nonporous and doesn’t fade or change color over time, so you can be sure that your smile will remain aesthetically intact for a great deal of time.
Inlays and onlays are a more conservative procedure than dental crowns, so your dentist might suggest treating your tooth with an inlay or onlay first.
To learn more about how aesthetic dental fillings can improve your smile, schedule a visit with East Village Dental Center today by calling the office or booking a visit online.