Dental Fillings in Port Jefferson Station
Smile Shack provides dental fillings services in Port Jefferson Station, NY. Call 631-928-7500 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Dental fillings are used to restore the function and structure of teeth that have cavities. The first step in getting a filling is to remove areas of decay and clean the remaining tooth. Then, your tooth structure is repaired by applying a filling material directly to the surface and shaping it for a natural appearance. This also seals your tooth, preventing further decay by closing fissures and gaps where bacteria can enter.
Although amalgam (silver) fillings were once the most popular choice for restoring teeth with cavities, most patients now choose composite fillings, which are more aesthetic, in addition to being both metal-free and mercury-free. A composite filling (also known as a white filling or resin filling) is made from a safe resin material that matches the color of the rest of your tooth. When your filling is complete, it will blend in with your smile for a natural appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Fillings
Are white fillings strong?
Yes, modern white fillings are strong, durable, and long-lasting.
Are dental fillings painful?
Before we start working on your tooth, we'll numb the area around it so you won't feel any discomfort. You may notice slight sensitivity for a day or two after your local anesthetic wears off, but this is usually mild.
Why do I get cavities even though I brush?
You can get cavities even if you brush for two minutes twice a day. If you don’t floss, you may have cavity-causing plaque and tartar between your teeth. Tooth decay can also be caused by a diet of sugary, high carb foods, as well as dry mouth or pits or grooves in the chewing surfaces of your teeth. If you continue to have cavities, you may want to consider dental sealants or more frequent fluoride treatments for protection.
What happens if you don’t fix a cavity?
If you don't treat a cavity, it will spread and your tooth will be vulnerable to fracture. If the decay has reached the pulp of your tooth, you will need a root canal or a tooth extraction.
What is the difference between a filling and an inlay?
An inlay is a restoration fabricated in a lab and then bonded to your tooth, similar to a dental crown. A dental filling involves applying composite resin material directly onto the tooth to fill in the damaged area.
Call 631-928-7500 to schedule your appointment.