A rotting tooth is more than just a cosmetic problem, although there’s no doubt that it does not look pleasant or the slightest bit presentable.The signs of decay – blackening, obvious discoloration, ragged edges or a gaping hole in the middle – will never look good in any angle. But aside from serious aesthetics issues,there are multiple problems that you can experience due to rotting teeth.

A single decaying tooth can lead to a great deal of suffering. There’s pain, often the searing, debilitating kind. There are emotional, social, personal and professional implications of being embarrassed or frustrated with how you look, how your breath smells and how you eat. And there are life-threatening health conditions that can be trigged by tooth decay such as weakened immune system, heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer.

Fortunately, there’s no reason to endure your decaying tooth and the problems that come with it. There are now various dental procedures that will address the condition quickly and safely. One of these procedures that your dentist may prescribe for you is the application of composite white fillings NYC dentists usually use to restore mild to moderately decayed tooth. They fill the tooth with a mixture made of plastic and fine glass, lending support and insulation to the tooth structure.

Composite filling costs more than silver or amalgam filling (another common option) but it presents several advantages to the patient. The most obvious advantage is that the color of filling can be matched to the color of your teeth. Most procedures can be completed in one visit to the dentist’s office (or two at the most if an inlay is necessary). The material is very easy to work with, so small (even microscopic) holes can be addressed. This means you can prevent further damage early on.

The procedure for applying composite filling is also often seen as the less stressful or less traumatizing treatment compared to root canal, because drilling is minimal. Teeth with composite fillings regain, if not multiply, their strength and stability. Moreover, composite is believed to be a safer material and presents no risk of mercury allergy, which is a possibility if metal fillings were used.

To make your composite white fillings last longer, use a soft-bristle toothbrush. Choose a toothpaste without fluoride (avoid toothpaste with whitening ingredients or those with “beads”as it might cause scratches to the restored part). Dark colored liquids such as dark soda, tea or coffee may stain the material; sip your drinks through a straw to minimize surface contact.

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