Composite Fillings

Evan Cohen DDS, PC

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

If you need a natural-looking filling for an area of tooth decay, composite fillings are a durable solution. At his Midtown Manhattan office, Evan Cohen, DDS, provides composite fillings for men, women, and children in New York City. Call his office today or book your appointment online using the button below.

Composite Fillings Q & A

Evan Cohen DDS, PC

What are composite fillings?

When you have small areas in your teeth that require filling, composite fillings are a natural, tooth-colored option. This mercury-free filling can withstand years of pressure from chewing and biting and is made from a highly durable blend of plastic and glass.

Composite fillings are a popular choice because they blend with your natural teeth and use a process that requires less drilling than amalgam fillings. Dr. Cohen completes the composite filling in a single office visit.

Why do I need a composite filling?

A variety of reasons can cause you to require a filling for one or more of your teeth. Some of the top dental problems that trigger the need for a filling are:

  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth

What are the advantages of composite fillings?

When you select a composite filling for a small area of decay or a cracked or chipped tooth, Dr. Cohen blends and mixes shades to precisely match your natural color.

This new generation of composite material provides realistic results. Besides the optimal aesthetic value that composite fillings offer, they strengthen the rest of the tooth and help it better withstand decay and disease.

What can I expect during the composite filling process?

First, Dr. Cohen ensures you’re completely comfortable by administering a numbing agent and nitrous oxide. Then, the cracked, broken, worn, or decayed area of the tooth is removed and cleaned thoroughly.

Next, Dr. Cohen places the new composite material into the vacant area in layers and uses a specialized light to dry each layer. Once he places, shapes, and dries each layer, you have a new, stronger natural-looking tooth. Finally, he polishes the new tooth to deter staining.

Are composite fillings permanent?

Composite fillings are not permanent. Due to chewing and biting, these fillings can wear down and chip over time. On average, composite fillings stay in good condition between five and ten years before you need to consider replacement.

If you need a filling for a cavity, chip, or crack in your tooth, call Dr. Cohen’s office now or book online to get started with your composite restoration.

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