Dental Fillings

Rainbow Dental, P.C.

Nabila Y. Mannan, D.D.S.

Cosmetic & General Dentist & Pediatric Dentist located in Astoria, NY

The thought of cavities and dental fillings may send a shudder up your spine, but Nabila Mannan, DDS, uses gentle procedures and modern practices to ease your dental anxiety. Rainbow Dental, PC in Astoria and Sunnyside, New York, emphasizes a warm and friendly atmosphere. Dr. Nabila Mannan uses local anesthetics to reduce discomfort and eliminate any anxiety associated with the procedure. Call today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Dental Fillings Q & A

What is a dental filling?

When a tooth has decay or damage, your dentist needs to repair it to protect it from additional deterioration. A dental filling is made of porcelain, gold, silver amalgam, glass ionomer, or composite resin and is used to make the repair.

Why do I need a dental filling?

A tooth may need repair for a variety of reasons:


A cavity is a hole in the enamel of your tooth. Tooth enamel is the hard, outer layer of your tooth that protects it from damage. A dental filling in a cavity repairs the tooth enamel.

Root canal

When a tooth becomes infected or badly decayed, it may need a root canal to save it. A hole is drilled into the tooth to remove the nerve and pulp, and a filling seals this hole to prevent future infection.

Cracks or breaks

Teeth can become worn down, cracked, or broken from misuse or trauma. Teeth grinding and nail-biting are known factors that contribute to dental problems. Dental fillings repair these cracks or breaks.

How is a tooth filled?

Dr. Nabila Mannan uses local anesthetics to reduce discomfort and eliminate any anxiety associated with the procedure. She then removes the decayed portion of the tooth using a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument. After removing the decay, Dr. Mannan places the filling.

What is a temporary filling?

Infections or complications can arise in your teeth without protection. Dr. Mannan might use a temporary filling until your permanent filling is available. Some dental procedures require multiple appointments and need a temporary filling, such as:

  • Following a root canal
  • To give the tooth’s nerve time to settle down if irritated
  • When emergency dental care is required

How can I prevent the need for dental fillings?

There is no way to guarantee that you won’t need dental fillings, but prevention is the first step to avoiding the tooth decay that leads to cavities. Practice good dental hygiene by:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing
  • Getting professional cleanings and regular dental check-ups
  • Receiving fluoride treatments
  • Protecting your teeth with sealant
  • Eating healthy diets low in sugar

Besides dental care, Dr. Mannan makes custom mouthguards on-site that reduce the wear and tear related to teeth grinding.

Call Rainbow Dental, PC or schedule your appointment online today.