If you’re one of the 91% of adults who have cavities in their permanent teeth, you probably need a filling. Rene Horvilleur, DDS, provides gentle and effective fillings for all of his patients suffering from cavities. From his office in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood, Dr. Horvilleur has helped numerous patients reclaim a healthy smile with high-quality fillings. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or by booking online.
What’s a filling?
A filling is a dental procedure that the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, performs to seal off a hole in your tooth. They’re most commonly performed to treat cavities caused by tooth decay. The word “filling” refers to both the material used in the procedure and the procedure itself.
What are fillings made from?
Fillings can be made from a number of materials, including cast gold and silver amalgam, but the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, prefers to treat its patients with tooth-colored fillings made from porcelain, otherwise known as white fillings.
Porcelain is an incredibly strong and durable material, which makes it particularly well suited for fillings. It also has a similar color and translucency as your natural tooth enamel, enabling Dr. Horvilleur and the team to restore your oral health without affecting the beauty of your smile.
Do I need a filling?
Some of the indications that you have a cavity that requires filling include:
- Spontaneous pain in your tooth
- Increased sensitivity in your tooth
- Bad breath
- Pain in your tooth when you eat or drink something sweet, hot, or cold
- Visible holes in your tooth surfaces
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Rene Horvilleur, DDS. The team uses a special tool called the DIAGNOdent™ laser that detects cavities much more effectively and earlier than other methods.
What’s the process for getting a tooth-colored filling?
When you come in to the office for your tooth-colored filling, the team first numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic.
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your provider uses a high-powered drill to remove all of your decay. Your dentist then cleans and sterilizes your mouth to ensure that it’s free of bacteria, and fills in your cavity with a tooth-colored filling material. Finally, a special curing light is shone on the filling to accelerate the hardening process. You leave the office with a beautifully restored tooth and improved overall oral health.
To learn more about how the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, can improve your smile with a tooth-colored filling, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking online.