Restore Damaged Teeth with Dental Fillings
Dental fillings can help restore the function of teeth that have been damaged by mild decay. Dr. Eric B. Fisher has over three decades of experience restoring smiles with dental fillings. At our Plainview, NY, dental practice, we provide a number of restorative treatments to improve dental function and keep your smile healthy. Promoting the highest standard of care, our entire team strives to create a positive experience for each of our patients.
What Are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are a common restorative treatment used for repairing teeth damaged by decay. Though silver amalgam fillings are still used occasionally in dentistry today, the most common type of filling material is tooth-colored composite resin. This material is made of glass and acrylic and can be shade-matched to ensure the aesthetic of your smile remains intact. We recommend composite resin fillings because they are generally stronger and last longer than amalgam in addition to offering a number of other benefits.
How to Know if You Need a Dental Filling
Dental fillings are often used to treat teeth that have mild to moderate decay. Often, the symptoms of a cavity can be painful and include sharp pain when biting down or dental sensitivity to hot or cold foods. It is important to address cavities as soon as possible, since unchecked dental decay can spread to other areas of your mouth and compromise your oral health. If the decay is more severe and affects the majority of the tooth structure, you may be better suited for a dental crown.
Dental fillings can help restore the function of teeth that have been damaged by mild decay.
Benefits of Composite Dental Fillings
The majority of our patients choose tooth-colored fillings over their traditional silver counterparts. Composite resin fillings offer many advantages, including:
- Improved Aesthetics: Because composite resin is tooth-colored, these fillings blend in with your surrounding teeth for a natural-looking appearance.
- Prevents Fractures: Composite resin bonds firmly to the natural tooth, adding durability and reducing the chance of breakage. Additionally, composite fillings do not expand and contract with temperature changes, as amalgam fillings do.
- Fast-Curing: Using a special dental light, composite resin can be hardened in a matter of seconds, allowing you to resume normal dental function as soon as you leave our office.
- Less Invasive: Composite resin fillings require less removal of the natural tooth structure, allowing Dr. Fisher to keep healthy tissue intact.
Dental Filling Treatment Process
Dr. Fisher will assess the health of your teeth and gums during an initial consultation. Utilizing the latest in digital imaging, x-rays and scans will be taken to detect decay and evaluate the size of the cavity. Once it is determined a dental filling will be necessary, the treatment process can begin. We can either fill your cavity before you leave our office or we can schedule a time for you to return to our office. Regardless of when you choose to have your cavity filled, the same process will be used during your treatment:
- Preparation: In order to prepare the tooth for a filling, any decay must be removed. Once the infected tooth structure is gone, an acidic solution will be applied to your teeth to help the composite material bond securely.
- Filling: Once the tooth is prepared, the composite resin material will be applied to the tooth, filling in the structural voids.
- Curing: When the composite has been placed, the material will be hardened with a special dental light.
- Shaping: Once the composite is placed and cured, Dr. Fisher will smooth and shape the tooth, eliminating any rough edges. Any necessary adjustments will be made to ensure your bite has not been affected.
How to Care for Your Dental Fillings
Proper dental care is necessary to maintain healthy teeth and gums. After you receive restorations such as dental fillings, there are a number things that can help keep your smile looking beautiful. Some recommendations include:
- Brush at least twice per day
- Floss at least once per day
- Avoid staining agents such as tea, coffee, red wine, and food dyes
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Minimize sugar intake to keep your smile healthy
- Maintain regular dental visits and cleanings
Schedule an Appointment
If you are suffering from the painful symptoms of a cavity or otherwise have signs of tooth decay, schedule an appointment with Dr. Fisher to find out if dental fillings are a solution for you. Contact us online, or call our office at (516) 942-4440.