As a cosmetic and restorative dentist, Dr. Bracy is an expert at treating your dental cavities with the highest quality white fillings. In our state-of-the-art West Village dental practice, Dr. Bracy will give you honest and straightforward treatment options for dental cavities.
Call our West Village, Chelsea NYC dental office at (212) 390-8399 or book online to say goodbye to your dental cavity!
What Is a Dental Cavity?
A dental cavity is an area of weakened or decayed tooth structure, caused by bacteria. The bacteria release acidic byproducts that eat away at your tooth enamel and make the tooth soft. Sugars and carbohydrates in your diet feed the bacteria, which, in turn, secrete more acid that weakens your teeth.
How Are Cavities Treated?
Dr. Bracy, a top NYC restorative dentist, will take a multifaceted approach to the treatment of dental cavities.
First, your dental cavities must be thoroughly diagnosed with our state-of-the-art imaging systems. Dr. Bracy will review your digital x-rays and intraoral photos with you so that you can see your teeth cavities for yourself.
Next, he will discuss strategies including diet and lifestyle changes so you can reduce your risk of cavities. If you do not make changes to reduce your cavity risk, it is likely you will continue to get them after treatment. If you have a moderate or high cavity risk, Dr. Bracy can prescribe high fluoride toothpaste to help.
Finally, you’ll learn treatment options to remove the infected soft tooth material and decide on which restorative material is best.
Dr. Bracy’s Restorative Treatment Options
White Fillings – White fillings are also called composite fillings. These fillings match your natural tooth structure and are held in place by a chemical bond. They are made from tiny plastic and glass particles.
Inlays and Onlays – These indirect restorations are made from a variety of different porcelains. Inlays and onlays are used in cases where an extra strength restoration is needed.
Porcelain and Zirconia Crowns – Crowns are a highly cosmetic treatment option that provides extra strength in cases when a large portion of the tooth is missing or decayed.
The Dr. Bracy Difference
Dr. Bracy believes in keeping up with advances and changes in dentistry. He uses the seventh generation of bonding systems, which greatly reduce any sensitivity from the composite filling procedure. He also uses the finest brands of dental composites with the smallest size composition so your filling will look just like your tooth!
I Have Silver or Amalgam Fillings. Should I Get Them Removed?
No. Research does not support having silver fillings removed just for the sake of replacing them with white fillings. The process of removing a silver filling exposes you to the greater amount of mercury than leaving it alone. However, they should be removed and replaced if defective, a new cavity is detected, to address cosmetic concerns, or if tooth fractures develop. If you have further concerns about your silver fillings, visit us in our West Village, NYC dental office and ask Dr. Bracy for help.
Is There An All-Natural or Holistic Filling Material?
Unfortunately, no. White fillings mimic the appearance of your natural tooth structure and are safe. However, they are made from plastic and glass and rely on chemical bonds to stay in place. The best filling is no filling. Dr. Bracy encourages you to maintain your six-month dental check-ups and cleanings so you can avoid any dental cavities in the first place.
Do not let your lack of dental insurance keep you from preventative care. Join the Dr. Bracy Membership Club online and get regular dental care for low monthly payments.
Our West Village dental office has patients from all over Manhattan. We are an easy walk from Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Flatiron, and Union Square. It is also easy to see Dr. Bracy from Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Just take any subway line that goes to 14th Street. You can easily book your appointment online through this website or call (212) 390-8399.