Cavities are the number one dental problem in our office. Having a cavity is something that happens frequently, and you will need a dental filling to prevent further decay. Here at Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS, we provide you with all the latest technology to treat your cavities and protect the health of your teeth.
What is a Cavity?
A cavity occurs when bacteria gets inside your tooth. Bacteria produce plaque, the yellow residue that sticks to your teeth, and when it’s not treated immediately, it can wear at the outer layer of your teeth, known as the enamel. Once plaque starts building up on the surface of the teeth, it can weaken the enamel and cause holes to form. A cavity will continue to grow until it’s filled.
Getting a Dental Filling Step-by-Step
Getting a dental filling is a routine procedure and one we do dozens of times every day. In general, cavities are detected with x-rays, and you get scheduled for an appointment in which we will get the tooth filled.
Our dentist will get you ready for your dental filling by doing the following:
We will ask you to bite down to see how the filling feels. It may take a couple of days to get used to the new mixture if the cavity is more substantial than if we catch it early on.
What Materials are Used for Dental Fillings?
Several materials can be used for dental fillings including composite resin (the most commonly used material and one that matches the color of your teeth), silver amalgam, gold, porcelain, and even glass.
Metals were very common in years past, but with a new emphasis on aesthetics, composite resin is the most popular choice. While metals are not as popular, they are the most durable and some can even protect the tooth from further decay.
The material we use for dental fillings will also depend on what is covered by your insurance company and where the cavity is located. We need to use materials that will withstand the pressure of chewing if the cavity is located in one of the molars.
For more information about dental fillings, call Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS at (845) 429-8060 today.
Michael Bleyzer, DDS
14 Thiells Mt. Ivy Road
Pomona, NY 10970-3038
Right off of Exit 13 Palisades Parkway
Additional hours may be available by appointment
Serving entire Rockland County New York: Pomona, Suffern, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, North Rockland Towns of Thiells, Stony Point, Garnerville, Haverstraw and West Haverstraw, and Tomkins Cove.