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Dental Fillings

Rendering of teeth with 3 filling materialsCavities are the number one dental problem in our office. Having a cavity is something that happens frequently, and you will need a dental filling to prevent further decay. Here at Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS, we provide you with all the latest technology to treat your cavities and protect the health of your teeth.

What is a Cavity?

A cavity occurs when bacteria gets inside your tooth. Bacteria produce plaque, the yellow residue that sticks to your teeth, and when it’s not treated immediately, it can wear at the outer layer of your teeth, known as the enamel. Once plaque starts building up on the surface of the teeth, it can weaken the enamel and cause holes to form. A cavity will continue to grow until it’s filled.

Getting a Dental Filling Step-by-Step

Getting a dental filling is a routine procedure and one we do dozens of times every day. In general, cavities are detected with x-rays, and you get scheduled for an appointment in which we will get the tooth filled.

Our dentist will get you ready for your dental filling by doing the following:
•  Numbing the area with medicine for pain: Because drilling the tooth to get all the bacteria out can reach the sensitive root, we usually numb the patient.
•  Cleaning the tooth: The first part of the procedure involves cleaning the tooth and removing the decay and any debris to get it ready for the filling.
•  Preparing the filling: After the tooth is thoroughly cleaned from decay, our dentist will make the filling.
•  Apply the filling: Our dentist, with the help of a hygienist, will carefully spread the prepared mix on the surface of the tooth where the cavity was located. This step is done in layers.
•  Hardening of the filling: Using a special laser, our dentist hardens the mixture to bond it to the tooth permanently.
•  Polishing the filling: Once the filling is hardened, we will polish the tooth, so the surface matches the sheen of your natural teeth.

We will ask you to bite down to see how the filling feels. It may take a couple of days to get used to the new mixture if the cavity is more substantial than if we catch it early on.

What Materials are Used for Dental Fillings?

Several materials can be used for dental fillings including composite resin (the most commonly used material and one that matches the color of your teeth), silver amalgam, gold, porcelain, and even glass.

Metals were very common in years past, but with a new emphasis on aesthetics, composite resin is the most popular choice. While metals are not as popular, they are the most durable and some can even protect the tooth from further decay.

The material we use for dental fillings will also depend on what is covered by your insurance company and where the cavity is located. We need to use materials that will withstand the pressure of chewing if the cavity is located in one of the molars.

For more information about dental fillings, call Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS at (845) 429-8060 today.
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Theills Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS

(845) 429-8060
14 Thiells Mt Ivy Rd
Pomona, NY 10970-3038
Right off of Exit 13 Palisades Parkway


Mon: 10am–7pm
Tues: 10am–6pm
Wed: 8am–5pm
Thurs: 10am–6pm
Saturday: 9am–3pm
Additional hours may be available by appointment

Serving entire Rockland County New York: Pomona, Suffern, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, North Rockland Towns of Thiells, Stony Point, Garnerville, Haverstraw and West Haverstraw, and Tomkins Cove.

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