Like porcelain fillings, resin fillings are a great, cosmetically appealing option for restoring teeth that have been damaged by decay. Created as a less conspicuous alternative to traditional metal fillings, resin fillings are a good option for patients in New York requiring a dental filling. SmilesNY offers resin fillings in New York City.
A resin filling is a restorative dental technique used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by trauma or decay. When your dentist removes a cavity from your tooth, a resin filling can be used to fill the newly created space. Resin fillings are tooth-colored and, when done correctly, they are virtually undetectable.
Resin fillings are safe and cosmetically appealing. Made from plastic dental resin, resin fillings match the shade of your natural tooth enamel, making them particularly well-suited for repairing teeth in the front of the mouth. Resin fillings also require less of the natural tooth structure to be removed in preparation for the filling than metal fillings.
Traditional metal fillings are unappealing for many reasons. Dental professionals debate the safety of amalgam fillings, which contain highly-toxic mercury. For this reason, amalgam fillings are not offered at SmilesNY. In addition to the concerns over their safety, metal fillings tend to expand over time, causing damage to the natural tooth. Depending on their location in the mouth, they also are considered by many individuals to be too conspicuous.
Resin fillings and porcelain fillings are both safe, natural-looking restorative options for repairing a tooth that has been damaged by a cavity. However, resin fillings do not last as long and are considered less durable than porcelain fillings. Since they are made of a dental plastic material, they are also more prone to staining than porcelain fillings.
With proper care and dental hygiene, resin fillings typically last between five to 10 years.
The talented dentists at SmilesNY will be happy to discuss resin fillings in NY with you. Please feel free to call 212.752.6537 or schedule an appointment online in our New York office.