Fillings

Coxsackie Dental Arts

General and Cosmetic Dentists located in West Coxsackie, NY

The holes in your teeth resulting from tooth decay render them vulnerable to infection. Dental fillings seal these holes, which prevents them from getting worse and affecting your teeth’s nerves. The professional dental team at Coxsackie Dental Arts provides tooth fillings for adults and children in West Coxsackie, New York, who have tooth decay. Call or book an appointment online if you suspect you need a filling.

Fillings Q & A

Coxsackie Dental Arts

What are dental fillings?

Fillings are a type of restorative dentistry that the team at Coxsackie Dental Arts offers. They’re comprised of various materials that prevent further decay by closing off spaces where decay has been removed and bacteria can enter. Your dentist removes the decayed material and cleans the affected area. Setting a filling strengthens the tooth and restores it to its normal shape and function.

How do I know if I need a dental filling?

Schedule routine checkups at Coxsackie Dental Arts so your dentist can monitor your teeth for any signs of decay. Upon sighting any abnormalities, they perform a closer inspection using special instruments and X-rays.

Skipping regular dentist visits can lead to painful symptoms that might indicate tooth decay and the need for a filling. The most common sign of decay is sensitivity, especially when the affected tooth comes in contact with food or drinks that are sweet, hot, or cold. Cavities might even show up as visible holes or pits in your teeth. If you spot cavities, contact Coxsackie Dental Arts right away.

What causes cavities?

Cavities are so common because they form from the food we eat. With improper oral care, the bacteria in your mouth can turn the food stuck between your teeth into acids which are the foundation for plaque. Plaque dissolves the enamel on your teeth, creating holes, or cavities. You can reduce your risk of cavities by regularly and thoroughly brushing your teeth and avoiding sugary or high-carb foods and drinks.

What types of fillings are available?

Coxsackie Dental Arts offers tooth-colored dental fillings for the most natural look. Made out of durable plastics, they’re designed to match the color of your teeth, making them less noticeable than other types of fillings.

Since these composite fillings are also sealant-compatible, your dentist is able to install the filling in one visit. Other types of fillings usually require two appointments to complete, which leaves you prone to invasive decay between visits.

Other benefits of composite dental fillings include its ability to bond to tooth structures and its simple repairability.

Consult a dentist at Coxsackie Dental Arts to learn about your options and decide what type of filling is best for you.