You have most likely had a cavity at some point in your life that required a dental filling. It is a very common treatment used in general dentistry. A tooth filling is a routine dental treatment used to address either tooth decay or minor tooth damage. They are used as part of a conservative treatment plan aimed at preserving the natural tooth. Dental fillings repair decay and prevent further deterioration or even the risk of tooth loss. Replacing missing teeth should be your last resort, so don’t wait to fill a tooth cavity until the last minute.
Tooth decay is an unfortunate dental problem especially prevalent among children and adolescents but people at any age are susceptible to them. A tooth cavity is commonly caused by plaque buildup. Good oral hygiene and routine dental care are the keys to minimizing your risk of tooth decay. This will minimize your risk of needing a tooth filling and will provide the foundation for lifelong dental health.
Our team will evaluate your oral health and screen for tooth decay at every routine dental visit. We will also check on your existing fillings during routine dental visits to ensure their integrity and prevent future decay. It is very important to have your tooth decay treated as soon as possible. When decay is caught in the earliest stages of development, a tooth filling is the most conservative treatment option. If left untreated, a cavity can actually get worse possibly requiring a root canal or even extraction.
White Tooth Fillings (Composite Resin)
Bella Smiles recommends using composite resin, or “white fillings” for a safe, metal-free and natural looking result. They are highly durable, and decay and stain resistant. White cosmetic fillings blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth, creating a more natural smile. While white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last between 3 and 10 years and may not be ideal for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. Patients with metal fillings may choose to have their existing fillings replaced with white fillings.
Dental Fillings: what to expect
A tooth filling procedure is a routine treatment and can typically be completed in a single visit to our Riverhead, Nesconset or Roslyn, NY dentist offices. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area and ensure that you are completely comfortable during the procedure. Although many patients become slightly anxious at the thought of a dental filling, it is a relatively simple procedure that should produce minimal discomfort.
The affected tooth is treated, filled and sealed. Your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing all the decay and thoroughly cleaning the area. Your filling material will be placed and formed to provide a natural looking and comfortable surface for normal chewing and speaking. If you are receiving a composite filling, a special blue light will be used to cure the material. Once complete, the surface of the filling will be polished and any minor adjustments can be made for a natural bite.
A dental filling should last for many years with good oral hygiene and routine dental care.