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The placement of dental fillings is one of the most common restorative treatments offered in any dental practice. Located in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Phillip Frank routinely uses dental filling to correct a variety of dental issues. Highly effective and extremely efficient, fillings are used to halt tooth decay and protect the tooth from further damage. Fillings come in a variety of materials including gold, silver amalgam, and undetectable tooth-colored composite resins. The most common use of dental fillings is in association with cavities; however, fillings can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth, and teeth that have been worn down over time (for example, by tooth grinding at night).

Throughout one's lifetime, the teeth are constantly exposed to harsh acids, physical stress, and plaque and bacterial buildup. Combined with other factors, such as genetics or inadequate oral hygiene, the teeth may become vulnerable to decay. When the tooth’s surface becomes damaged due to decay, a cavity forms. Your dentist will examine your teeth during your regular dental exams to detect for the presence of cavities. If a cavity is detected, your dentist will recommend that you undergo treatment for the cavity. This involves the removal of the cavity and placement of a dental filling. If a cavity is detected at an early stage, then the process is very simple and quick, and treatment will protect the tooth from further damage. Conversely, if left untreated, tooth decay can expose the underlying nerves to infection, leading to extreme pain and more involved, expensive treatments. Early detection of cavities is one of the reasons why Dr. Frank encourages his patients to undergo regular dental exams.

If Dr. Frank has recommended a dental filling to you, whether due to a cavity or another physical defect of the tooth, you can be assured that his vast experience and skill will provide the most comfortable experience possible. First, the area around the tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure that no pain is felt during the procedure. If a cavity is present, it will be removed using a hand-held instrument. After this, Dr. Frank will examine the area to ensure that all of the decay has been removed, and then will clean the area to ensure it is free of bacteria and debris. Finally the filling will be placed in the tooth, and Dr. Frank will finish and polish the filling to provide a smooth, comfortable surface in your mouth. Additional steps are required if you are using a tooth-colored enamel filling, which have become increasingly popular due to their aesthetic appeal. Whichever type of filling is used, the process typically takes less than 30 minutes.

Dr. Philip Frank is a board certified dentist practicing in Brooklyn, New York. Having served the Bushwick area for decades, he is highly regarded for his compassion and excellence in service. If you have any dental concerns or haven’t had a regular dental examination in some time, make an appointment with Dr. Frank today.