Dental Fillings Specialist

Dental Professionals of Jersey City

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Jersey City, NJ

Don’t let tooth decay progress into severe tooth damage, when getting a dental filling can easily solve the problem. At Dental Professionals of Jersey City, Paul Lustiger, DDS, Alexander Hahn, DMD, and the experienced dentists repair teeth using composite (tooth-colored) dental fillings to restore teeth and prevent future damage. The sooner you repair a tooth, the less invasive your treatment is. Contact the Jersey City, New Jersey, office to schedule an appointment by phone or online today.

Dental Fillings

What are dental fillings?

Composite (tooth-colored) dental fillings repair and strengthen teeth that are damaged due to:

  • Cracks
  • Decay
  • Fractures
  • Wear and tear
  • Chips
  • Gaps

Your dentist uses dental fillings to prevent further damage. He removes the decayed portion of the tooth and fills it with long-lasting, tooth-colored materials that match your natural teeth.

What should I expect when getting a filling?

Prior to filling your tooth, the Dental Professionals of Jersey City team reviews your medical history, completes an exam, and takes X-rays, if necessary, to determine if a filling is the dental restoration that best matches your needs.

If so, they can apply a composite filling during one appointment. They numb the tooth, remove the decayed portion, and clear the area of bacteria and debris, and they may apply a special medication for added protection near the tooth’s nerve.

The team applies a tooth-colored filling in layers to the tooth to restore it. A special light hardens each layer to strengthen the filling.

They reshape the composite material if necessary and polish your tooth to complete the process. The result is a tooth restored to its original shape and function.

What happens after I get a filling?

You might experience tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures initially after receiving a filling, but this side effect is temporary.

Composite fillings are long lasting but aren’t permanent restorations, so they may require replacement someday. However, the fillings are durable and can last many years. To properly care for your filling, adopt good oral hygiene practices, such as:

  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Limit or avoid sweets and sugary drinks
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings and exams
  • Avoid chewing on ice and hard candies
  • Brush your teeth twice daily
  • Floss every day
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash

Follow your dentist’s instructions about how to care for your filing, to increase its durability and effectiveness.

Don’t let damaged teeth progress to the point of severe decay and pain when a simple tooth restoration procedure is within reach. If you need a dental filling due to tooth damage or decay, call Dental Professionals of Jersey City today or schedule an appointment online.