Dental fillings are a common procedure used to treat cavities or tooth decay. Decay that has spread far into the tooth cannot always be treated with a filling. Fillings are used in order to prevent minor decay from rapidly spreading bacteria into the tooth’s pulp – where it then must be treated with a procedure known as a root canal.

The Types of Fillings We Offer:

    Silver (also known as amalgam)
    This is one of the oldest options and is highly durable, lasting a lifetime for some patients. However, they do not match the color of your teeth.

    Tooth-colored Composites
    Made up of composite resin, this type of filling is a great choice if you want a filling that matches the same shade as your teeth for concealment. It also chemically bonds to the tooth for added support.

The Procedure

The procedure is often quick, requiring no more than an hour to complete. Composite resin fillings generally take a little longer than other options, but they come with their own set of benefits. Local anesthesia is applied to numb the area so that you are comfortable throughout. You can drive yourself home after a dental filling.

Discuss Your Options With Our Dentist

Dr. Center will gladly help you decide what filling is best recommended based on your needs and budget. For more information on dental fillings, please call our office at (516) 764-0879 and we will happily explain everything you need to know.