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, New York, emphasizes a warm and friendly atmosphere, and Dr. Mannan administers local anesthetics with DentalVibeⓇ to reduce discomfort. Call today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Mannan numbs the area using DentalVibe, which eliminates pain and discomfort. 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.
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:
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:
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.