Fillings Specialist

CHW Cares

Senior focused Medical and Dental Care in Washington Heights, NY

Thanks to dental fillings, it’s possible to repair damage to your tooth enamel caused by decay. At CHW Cares in Washington Heights, Manhattan, the team of expert providers offers oral health care on-site, including fillings, to New York City patients aged 65 and older. If you want to restore your smile to a healthy, vibrant condition, contact the CHW Cares team.

Fillings Q & A

What are fillings?

A filling is a restorative dental procedure that fixes damage caused by a cavity. It’s a quick and convenient procedure that typically takes less than an hour.  

By receiving a filling, you can preserve your tooth and reduce the risk of future complications. What’s more, the team at CHW Cares offers tooth-colored fillings, ensuring your restoration blends in with the rest of your smile.

What does a filling appointment involve?

At CHW Cares, a filling appointment begins with an oral exam and a review of your dental health history. Afterward, your provider orders digital X-rays to assess the extent of your tooth decay.  

Once your provider has the necessary information, they administer a local anesthetic and carefully remove the decaying portion of your enamel. Your dentist sterilizes your tooth and fills the hole with a composite resin material. Composite resin mimics the color of your tooth enamel, ensuring the work looks natural.

After filling the hole with composite resin, your dentist points a special light at your tooth. The light causes a curing reaction that hardens the filling.  Before leaving, your dentist polishes your tooth and provides at-home care instructions.

How long does it take to get fillings?

At CHW Cares, getting a filling takes between 30-60 minutes. The length of your appointment depends on several factors, including the extent of decay and the number of fillings you need. Once you receive the filling, you can return to work and other routine activities right away.

Do fillings hurt?

Getting a filling is safe and usually well-tolerated. Once the local anesthesia wears off, you might experience some increased tooth sensitivity, but that should subside within a day or two. To minimize any discomfort, the team at CHW Cares recommends:

  • Biting and chewing more gently
  • Brushing and flossing gently
  • Avoiding hot or cold drinks
  • Avoiding acidic or spicy foods

If your bite feels “off” or makes it difficult to eat, contact CHW Cares to schedule a follow-up appointment.

How long do fillings last?

Composite resin fillings last between 5-15 years*, but you can extend their lifespan with good oral hygiene. The team at CHW Cares recommends brushing twice daily, flossing before going to bed at night, and visiting the office once every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.

*Individual results may vary.

 

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