Dental Fillings Riverhead NY

Dental Fillings An Overview

Chances are, most patients will receive a dental filling at some point in their lives to address either tooth decay or minor damage. A dental filling is one of the most important treatments in dentistry, enabling us to restore health to an affected tooth and prevent further deterioration or even loss.

Dr. Lotardo and Dr. Cupsa place a tooth filling for treating cavities, minor chips, and cracks. Although there are a range of materials for dental fillings, Dr. Lotardo often recommends using composite resin, or “white fillings” for a safe, natural looking result. This is especially beneficial when a tooth in the “smile zone” is affected, providing an aesthetically pleasing result that will blend with your existing teeth. Dr. Lotardo and Dr. Cupsa can also replace old, dark fillings that are affecting the appearance of your smile or breaking down and “leaking”, raising the risk of new decay or infection.

Our team will evaluate the health of your existing fillings during routine visits to ensure their integrity and prevent future decay.

Dental Fillings What to Expect

A tooth filling procedure is completed with minimal discomfort during a single visit to either of our Riverhead or Roslyn NY dentist office locations. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area and ensure that you are completely comfortable during the procedure.

Dr. Lotardo or Dr. Cupsa will prepare the affected tooth by removing any 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.