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Porcelain Fillings

What is a Filling?

Nowadays, porcelain fillings are made from a pure material that is biocompatible with teeth and free from metal contaminants. Manhattan cosmetic dentists can color them to exactly match the tone of teeth, so no one will even be able to tell that you have fillings. With porcelain fillings, you will no longer be afraid to smile in NYC because of unsightly dark marks in your teeth.

Porcelain is much stronger than any other reparative option as the filling bonds with the enamel on your teeth. This durable surface provides you with a permanent, lifelong solution — no more cracks, breaks, and repairs.  Furthermore, unlike mercury fillings or other metals, porcelain creates more than just a filling; it also works as a sealant to reduce the chances of any treated tooth from becoming decayed.

Why Do I Need a Filling?

A filling is a durable surface provides you with a permanent, lifelong solution with no more cracks, breaks, and repairs.  You may need a filling if…

  • You have a cavity
  • Have a crack, break, or chipped tooth
  • Mercury or past fillings

How To Prepare

Before getting porcelain fillings, an evaluation and overview with Dr. Kim will be discussed to prepare for the procedure…

  • A comprehensive dental exam will be done including dental X-rays taken and models made of your teeth and mouth. You also may need a special type of computed tomography (CT) scan, that will allow the dentist to accurately measure the height and width of your existing bone to evaluate the health of your teeth and jaw bone.
  • Treatment plan. 212 Smiling will tailor a treatment plan to account all factors of the procedure.  If the surgery is invasive we will take into account the factors and the procedure with a timely thought out plan.  This will include a walkthrough of the procedure, a step by sept treatment guide and a follow up an appointment if needed.

Make sure to tell your doctor about any medical conditions and any medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs and supplements. If you have heart conditions or orthopedic implants, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics before surgery to help prevent infection.

Anesthesia may be used to control the pain during your procedure. The 212 Smiling team will instruct you about eating and drinking before surgery, depending on the type of anesthesia. If general anesthesia is used, someone will have to assist you home after surgery and expect to rest for the day.

What to Expect

Porcelain is much stronger than any other reparative option as the filling bonds with the enamel on your teeth. This durable surface provides you with a permanent, lifelong solution….

  • Your dentist will first use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to be filled.  
  • Your dentist will probe or test the area to determine if all the decay has been removed. After your dentist has removed the decay and cleaned the area, the tooth-colored material is applied in layers.
  • A special light that “cures” or hardens each layer is applied. When the multilayering process is completed, the dentist will shape the composite material to the desired result, trim off any excess material, and polish the final restoration.

After The Procedure

After you get your new fillings, you may experience some of the typical discomforts associated with any type of dental procedure, such as:

  • Minor bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain or discomfort

If swelling, discomfort or any other problem gets worse after surgery, contact your dentist as you may need pain medications or antibiotics.  You may need to eat soft foods while the procedure site heals. Typically, your dental surgeon or dentist will use stitches, if invasive, that dissolve on their own, but if not your dental surgeon or dentist will have to remove them.

Call us today at 212-SMILING (212-764-5464), or make an appointment for a consultation online to have your mercury fillings safely removed and replaced with porcelain. We can discuss with you further the options and benefits of porcelain and clear up any doubts you may have.

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