When teeth are compromised by tooth decay, dental fillings replace decayed tissue, preventing further damage. Dr. Joseph Fusco in Long Island, NY, provides tooth-colored fillings, which are a natural-looking alternative to traditional silver amalgam fillings. This option is also a healthier solution in several ways. Dr. Fusco's technique for placing fillings integrates an advanced understanding of biomimetic dentistry, allowing him to provide a highly stable and long-lasting restoration.
The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored composite fillings have become the solution of choice due to:
- Greater stability and longevity
- More conservative treatment requiring less tissue removal
- Natural-looking aesthetics
- Less post-treatment pain and sensitivity
Silver amalgam fillings can actually weaken the tooth because metal expands and contracts with temperature changes, which can damage surrounding tissue. This type of filling also requires more extensive tissue removal than a tooth-colored filling.
Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings can be matched to the color of your tooth.
Do I Need a Filling?
Fillings are generally recommended for patients with mild to moderate tooth decay. Infected teeth may require root canal therapy and a dental crown. In some cases, silver fillings can be replaced with tooth-colored composite material to enhance the appearance of your smile.
Dental cavities are typically found by taking x-rays during your dental appointment. It is important to diagnose cavities early. If the decay spreads, it can weaken the supporting structures of your teeth and require more extensive procedures. In some cases, extensive decay may require extraction. If you are experiencing a toothache or sudden onset of sensitivity to hot and cold foods, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.
If you are in need of a filling, we can use tooth-colored composite to restore both the health and appearance of your smile.
Placing a Filling
Typically, cavities are filled under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Fusco will prepare your tooth by removing only the decayed tissue. Next, he can replace the decayed tissue with tooth-colored composite material. At this point, Dr. Fusco can cure the filling so it bonds to your tooth. He can also make any adjustments to ensure your bite meets properly.
The best way to decrease your risk for cavities is to maintain a consistent oral health routine. Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once. You should also undergo a checkup every six months. Another way to protect your teeth is to eat a balanced diet, limiting foods that are more likely to cause cavities, such as those containing high amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars. If you are especially prone to cavities, we may recommend a fluoride-rich mouthwash or a professional fluoride treatment in our office.
Protect Your Smile
Dr. Fusco and his team are dedicated to protecting your oral health. If you are in need of a filling, we can use tooth-colored composite to restore both the health and appearance of your smile. We are also passionate about helping patients avoid the need for fillings in the first place, and can help you maintain the health of your smile through outstanding ongoing care. Contact our office online or call us at (516) 766-6767 to schedule an exam.