Dental fillings are common in the United States. Around 25% of all Americans have 11 or more fillings, and the average American has three. That isn’t surprising when you consider that 92% of adults aged 20-64 have had a cavity at some point in their life. Dental expert Nourhan Mekawy, DDS, at Island Smile Dental Group, offers dental filling services at her practice in Levittown, New York. Don't put up with toothache — inquire through the website or call today to make an appointment.
Dr. Mekawy uses fillings to treat cavities. A filling is a substance used to fill the space left behind once she cleans the decayed material from a tooth. She also uses fillings to repair broken or worn-down teeth.
Without this protective covering, decay can spread further into your tooth, right down to the root. If that happens, you could need root canal treatment or even have the tooth pulled.
Dr. Mekawy offers two types of dental fillings — tooth-colored and metal. You have several options in each category. Here's a closer look at them.
The three kinds of tooth-colored filling are porcelain, composite, and glass ionomer. Porcelain is durable and doesn’t stain, and many consider it to be the most natural-looking material. However, it can be more brittle than other materials.
Composite fillings are made from plastic and glass. They're sturdy and blend seamlessly with your natural tooth.
Glass ionomer is a mix of acrylic and glass powder. It's inexpensive and translucent, so it blends nicely with the rest of the tooth but doesn’t last as long as other materials.
The two kinds of metal filling are amalgam and cast gold. Amalgam is the filling most people are familiar with. It’s a silver-colored alloy made from silver, mercury, copper, and tin. Amalgam is strong but noticeable.
Cast gold is long-lasting but very expensive and, again, highly noticeable. For some, that adds to its appeal.
If you need a filling, Dr. Mekawy talks you through your options and discusses the merits of each.
All fillings follow the same process. Dr. Mekawy takes X-rays to determine where the cavity is and how deep it goes. She applies a local anesthetic to numb the area before using a drill to remove the decay.
Once the tooth is clear, Dr. Mekawy bonds the filling to the tooth. Each filling takes just a few minutes. Expect that your appointment will last about an hour, depending on how many teeth are involved and how severe your cavities are.
Your dental care is a collaboration between you and Dr. Mekawy. She guides you through the process so that you understand what each stage includes. She makes information-based decisions.
Book your appointment today. Call the practice or use the online inquiry form.