To treat a cavity, Dr. Jorge Bastidas may use a dental filling in Paterson, New Jersey. Our dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth and fill the area with filling material. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked, broken, or worn down teeth.
Before placing a filling, our dentist will remove the decayed area of the tooth with the use of a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser. Our dentist will clean the area of bacteria and debris. The filling is placed and our dentist will finish and polish it. If a composite, or tooth-colored, filling is used, the material is applied in layers. Our dentist will use a special light to cure each layer. Then our dentist will shape the material, trim off any excess, and polish the restoration.
Teeth can be filled with gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, or composite resin fillings. Gold fillings are durable and strong. They can last at least 10 to 15 years and can withstand chewing forces. Some patients find gold fillings pleasing to the eye. Silver amalgams are durable and strong, like gold fillings. They are also less expensive than composite fillings. Composite fillings are tooth colored and can be made to closely match the color of your teeth. Composites are chemically bonded to your tooth structure, which adds support. Composites are versatile and can also be used to restore chipped or cracked teeth.
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