At Dr. Joe’s in Smithtown, NY, we do dental fillings daily and sometimes multiple times throughout a day. They’re considered the most common dental procedure and carry almost no risks. There are still a few decisions to be made by the patients, like when they want to get the filling and what type of material they want us to use.
Our dentists are experts and have fitted hundreds of patients with fillings over the years. You’ll be able to go home the same day and there’s no downtime associated with the procedure. We’ll do everything we can to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure and afterward.
A filling is used to fill a dental cavity. We start by clearing the cavity and removing any dead tissue so the filling is placed in a clean environment. There are different materials we can use for dental fillings. The most popular ones are porcelain, ceramic, silver, and gold.
Porcelain is great for front teeth because it has the same color as the rest of your teeth. People won’t be able to tell that you have a filling. Its main flaw is that it’s relatively fragile and doesn’t last too long. Ceramic has the same appearance but is more resilient than porcelain. Unfortunately, it’s also more expensive.
Gold and silver can be used for hind teeth. They’re both stronger and last longer than porcelain and ceramic. They stand out though as they don’t look like natural teeth. We mainly recommend gold and silver fillings for hind teeth.
At Dr. Joe’s in Smithtown, NY, we reassure all our patients that fillings are painless procedures. We might need to use local anesthesia to guarantee your comfort. We start by removing any necrotic tissue and debris. A filling applied to infected tissue won’t hold.
After cleaning the cavity, our dentist in Smithtown, NY will apply something to help the filling stick before placing the filling. Ultraviolet light is then used to harden the filling and guarantee that it’s fixated. You’ll be able to drive home and even eat the same day. Just wait until the effect of anesthesia wears off.
Besides dental fillings in Smithtown, NY, we also offer porcelain dental veneers at our clinic near you. If you are in Huntington, Commack or the surrounding communities, feel free to call us and book an appointment.