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Tooth decay is one of the most common oral health issues. Once a cavity forms, it’s important to remove the decay and repair the tooth. Part of this repair process is the placement of a dental filling.

If you are looking for white fillings in Forest Hills NY, Forest Hills Dental is the perfect office to meet your needs. Dr. Gregory Mark has decades of experience with treating cavities and placing composite/white fillings. Dr. Mark is also able to work with patients of all ages.

The composite fillings we offer are an excellent alternative to silver amalgam. With white fillings, there is no mercury and no visible metals.

Symptoms of Tooth Decay

It’s important to know the symptoms of tooth decay, so you know when it’s time to book an appointment with Forest Hills Dental to take a look. Some of the most common symptoms of tooth decay include:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Discoloration or darkening of the enamel
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Rough edges
  • Food getting stuck between teeth

You also may simply notice that something doesn’t feel right when you are biting and chewing.

If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Forest Hills Dental. Dr. Mark will take a look at your teeth and gums to see if you have a cavity (or multiple cavities). From there, Dr. Mark will schedule an appointment to remove the decay and place a white filling.

The Benefits of White (Composite) Fillings

There are a lot of benefits to white (composite) fillings both on their own, and in comparison to other types of fillings. Forest Hills Dental uses minimally-invasive composite fillings for our restorations instead of metal fillings. We believe the advantages of white fillings outweigh those of silver amalgam fillings.

Unlike silver amalgam fillings, white fillings are able to bond closely with the enamel. Because of this, less of your healthy tooth structure has to be altered to restore the tooth. White fillings may contain fluoride, which helps to enhance the health of the surrounding enamel of the tooth. This helps with preventing recurring cavities.

Composite resin is available in different shades, and it is easy to find a shade that matches well with the tooth that is being repaired. Because of this, white fillings are much more difficult to notice and blend in well with surrounding teeth.

Dental fillings are required to restore the structure and appearance of a tooth with a cavity. Dr. Mark won’t simply replace decay and leave a hole in the tooth. Dental fillings are a normal part of any cavity repair.

The White Fillings in Forest Hills NY Process

If you haven’t had white fillings (or any fillings) placed before, you may be wondering what to expect. The first part of any cavity repair and dental filling placement process is a trip to the dentist. If you suspect you have a cavity, reach out to Forest Hills Dental and set an appointment for Dr. Mark to take a look. Don’t wait for your next scheduled appointment! The decay will get worse over time. Dr. Mark may also notice a cavity during your regular cleaning and checkup. He will schedule an appointment for a repair if this is the case.

Dr. Mark will start the procedure by numbing your tooth with a local anesthetic. From there, he will clear away the decay and clean the tooth. Once the decay has been removed, Dr. Mark will choose the right shade for the composite filling. He will then fill in the hole and shape the surface of the filling. Finally, a bright light is used to cure the resin.

Generally, a cavity repair and filling placement will take around an hour. The numbing medication should wear off within a few hours.

Lab Made Fillings

If the damage done by a cavity is too large or there has been a serious injury to the tooth, lab-made fillings may be required. These are also known as onlays, inlays, or three-quarter crowns.

With the onside CAD/CAM technology and CEREC we have available at Forest Hills Dental, we are able to take a digital impression of the tooth and create a same-day restoration during the same appointment! The CEREC restoration is carved from a solid block of porcelain during your visit. Dr. Mark then places the restoration.

X-rays to Diagnose Cavities

In order to diagnose cavities, x-rays may need to be completed. Digital x-rays allow Dr. Mark to see deeper into your tooth and your jawbone. With x-rays, Dr. Mark is able to evaluate the density of the bone and tooth structures. He is also better able to diagnose cavities and abscesses.

It is likely that Dr. Mark will perform bitewing x-rays. These x-rays allow Dr. Mark to check between your teeth and under the deep grooves on the chewing surface. Generally, Dr. Mark will take bitewing x-rays once per year, but he may take them if a cavity is suspected, or you are at a higher risk of decay.

Once it has been determined that you have a cavity, an appointment can be set for Dr. Mark to remove the decay and place the dental filling.

Cavity Prevention

In order to avoid a dental filling, there are a few things that you should do to avoid cavities, to begin with. One of the easiest things you can do to lower your chances of cavities is to simply brush, floss, and rinse twice a day, every day. This will help to remove plaque buildup and food, allowing you to avoid decay.

You’ll also want to reach out to Forest Hills Dental and schedule a bi-annual checkup and cleaning. During these checkups and cleanings, Dr. Mark will professionally clean your teeth, scrape off plaque, and take x-rays to ensure you don’t have cavities.

Another option is professional strength fluoride. If you often suffer from tooth decay, a fluoride prescription for use at night may be a great way to avoid cavities.

Finally, there are sealants. Often sealants are recommended for children, but they can also be placed on adults. Sealants are protective coatings that are placed on premolars and molars to protect the grooves of those teeth. This lowers the chances of decay.

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What If My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt?

While your tooth will often hurt when you have a cavity, this isn’t always the case. There are times when decay doesn’t cause pain or sensitivity.

This is part of why it’s so important to schedule regular appointments for checkups. It is during these exams that Dr. Mark can diagnose tooth decay before it gets worse. It’s much easier to treat smaller cavities than treat decay that has spread and gotten worse. Schedule your next checkup if you don’t already have one in the books.

Payment Options

We believe everyone deserves access to oral healthcare services. This is especially so for routine procedures like cavity treatment and dental fillings. No matter what your income bracket or background is, Forest Hills Dental is proud to serve you.

If you have insurance, we will work with your insurance company to ensure you get the best coverage possible. If you have trouble paying the co-pay or don’t have insurance at all, let us know. We will help you apply for CareCredit, which is a great, low-interest loan option.

We want to provide you with quality dental services when you are in need. Let us know if you have any payment questions. We’d be happy to discuss payment options with you.

Why Forest Hills Dental?

For the top dentist in Forest Hills, look no further than Forest Hills Dental. Dr. Mark will remove the decay from your tooth and place white fillings to provide support and protection. Dr. Mark has over 30 years of experience in the industry, and he knows all there is to know about tooth decay removal and dental fillings. You are sure to receive outstanding oral care with Dr. Mark.

At Forest Hills Dental, we treat our patients like family. We believe in high-quality dental services with a smile! Our staff is here to help you however we can. If you have any questions, let us know.

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Reach Out to Forest Hills Dental Today!

If you notice pain, discoloration, sensitivity, or any other issues with a tooth or teeth, reach out to Forest Hills Dental today to set an appointment. Dr. Mark will perform an oral exam to diagnose the issue. If he finds decay, we will set an appointment to remove the decay and place a white filling.

In order to avoid tooth decay, make sure you have an appointment in the books for your next cleaning and checkup. If it’s been six months or more since your last cleaning and checkup, you’re due! We look forward to speaking with you and helping you with your oral healthcare needs.


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