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FAQ: Common Questions About Dental Fillings May 15, 2018

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FAQ: Common Questions About Dental Fillings, Manhattan, New York

Dental fillings are among the most common types of restorative dental work available. As their name suggests, they are used to “fill in” a cavity to prevent infection and maintain the integrity of a tooth that has sustained decay. Many patients have questions not only about what the process entails, but also what it means to have fillings over the long-term. Here are answers to some of the most common inquiries surrounding this common dental treatment.  

5 Questions About Dental Fillings

What Are Fillings Made From?

There are different types of materials available for specific applications. While metal materials are strong and may be used in back molars, tooth-colored fillings are often used for front teeth in composite resin to blend in with natural teeth.

What Should I Expect From the Process?

Before filling in the cavity, your dentist may numb the area to prevent any discomfort. Then, they will drill to remove any remaining decay before sealing the hole with the appropriate material.

What Is Recovery Like?

If you have been numbed, you may be instructed to wait to eat or drink until the numbness wears off to prevent injury while chewing. Some patients experience minor discomfort following the procedure, but over the counter pain medications can be used as instructed to alleviate any soreness.

Will My Insurance Cover It?

fillingsMost plans cover the majority or full amount of costs for cavity fillings. Nonetheless, individual plans may vary, and not all providers are accepted at every location. Check your coverage before receiving your treatment to avoid paying out of pocket.

Are There Any Risks With Fillings?

Clinical studies do not indicate any health risks associated with fillings, but some patients express concerns over mercury found in certain types of silver mixtures, called amalgam. The American Dental Association maintains that all options are safe, but you can opt for non-mercury materials if you prefer.


As a leading dentist’s office in the Central Park South area of New York City, Pure Dental Care NY is committed to answering any question you may have about dental fillings and oral care in general. Their team specializes in both general and cosmetic dentistry, and their gentle staff ensures their patients’ utmost comfort during every appointment. To learn more about their services, visit their website or call (212) 256-1292 to schedule an appointment.

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