In the comfort of our Huntington Station office, you will receive modern, natural-looking tooth-colored fillings that are much more aesthetically pleasing, with fewer complications, than the metal fillings of old.
Tooth-colored fillings are one of the top requests at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry. Board-certified Long Island dentists Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot offer restorative tooth-colored fillings to patients with mild to moderate decay.
Tooth Restoration Options at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry
Once tooth decay has been identified and removed, restoration with a filling is necessary. Options include:
- Composite Fillings – For minor cavities, a mixture of powdered glass and resin is filled into the gap, rather than metal amalgam for a more natural-looking result that restores some of the original strength.
- Inlays – When the level of tooth damage is moderate, you may receive a pre-molded porcelain or composite resin filling that sits in the grooves of the tooth, without extending over the cusps. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot take an impression and fabricate the inlay in-house, often same-day.
- Onlays – When there is more extensive damage to the tips of the tooth, a composite resin or porcelain filling will sit on top of the tooth’s surface to provide additional substance and shape. Onlays can be slightly more complex to construct and fit and may require two visits and the use of a temporary cap.
If your tooth damage is more severe, you may need a root canal and a crown, which caps the entire tooth, or an implant — a synthetic, which completely replaces the damaged tooth when it is beyond saving. No matter what type of restoration you need, you’re in good hands with our experienced team.
The Tooth Restoration Process
Restoring your winning smile is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Nick and Dr. Elliot identify decay, infection, or old and unstable filling material. The tooth is isolated and prepared under local anesthesia, with the damaged portions removed. We also offer sedation dentistry to calm your nerves during the whole process.
- The tooth-colored material begins to harden within a few minutes. We take special care to ensure moisture does not interfere with surface bonding. Using a special light, the filling material hardens fast.
- Once the material has hardened, it is filed down to match your natural bite.
The entire process can be done in one to three visits, depending on the extent of the damage. Once you receive your new tooth-colored filling, you will be able to eat and drink normally within a couple of days. Immediately after a filling, patients are advised to avoid extremely hot, cold, sticky, sugary, or hard foods.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
The benefits of tooth-colored fillings are evident the moment you look into the mirror. Old metal fillings were painfully obvious, while tooth-colored fillings are undetectable to the eye and far more attractive. Further, a white filling helps preserve existing tooth structure and improves durability. Unlike metal fillings, composites are not sensitive to hot or cold, and there is no potentially hazardous exposure to mercury. Everyone wants a beautiful, healthy, and comfortable filling that lasts for decades.
Our Long Island dentistry practice is happy to work with you to find a way to afford the level of care you deserve. We accept most Long Island dental insurance plans to subsidize the cost. In addition to cash, certified checks, personal checks, debit, and credit, you can also use your Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account, Care Credit, or arrange a payment plan directly with our office.
Learn More About White Fillings in Suffolk County, New York
Contact Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry’s Huntington office in Suffolk County, NY to ask us about white fillings or other alternatives, book an appointment, or schedule a no-cost consultation. We provide unrivaled customer service and compassionate dentistry starting with your first phone call.