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Different Types of Fillings for Dental Patients

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Your cosmetic dentist can set you up with fillings that mimic the look of your natural teeth. If you have to get fillings to fix a cavity or other issues from tooth decay, consider the following options:

Composite Fillings
These fillings are made with a mixture of resins and fine particles to create a finished product that looks just like your natural tooth. Although they are not the most durable filling option, they do provide a superior aesthetic appeal that lets you smile with confidence. Your cosmetic dentist might choose to bond or cement the filling to ensure that it stays in place and help you regain normal oral function.

Ionomers are another tooth-colored option that dentists can use to fill in holes in the teeth. These fillings are made from materials like ground glass and acrylic resins. They are most often used to fill spots that rest near the gum line or the root because they are not durable enough to withstand a lot of biting pressure on a regular basis. These fillings also release a tiny amount of fluoride to help make the surrounding teeth and enamel stronger.

Fillings can also be made of porcelain, glass powder, and ceramic. Dentists most often use these kinds of fillings for crowns, veneers, onlays, and inlays. These fillings are more durable than the composite or ionmer versions, but they are still susceptible to damage with prolonged exposure to heavy biting. Talk to your dentist about porcelain fillings to see if they can conquer your oral issues.

Dr. Kenn Kokosian, D.D.S., P.C. is here to help you find the right kind of filling for your needs. As one of the leading cosmetic dentists in Manhattan, Dr. Kakosian is here to provide the right treatment options for each patient. He is fluent in English, Russian, and Armenian to cater to a wide variety of cultures. To learn more about his cosmetic services or to schedule your initial consultation, call (212) 661-9777.


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