Tooth Colored Fillings

Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are Long Island cosmetic dentists offering tooth colored fillings, inlays & onlays in the convenience of their Rocky Point, New York office.

When it comes to treating teeth characterized by mild to moderate decay, restorative treatments such as fillings, inlays and onlays are frequently indicated. Far from the unsightly metal fillings of the past, modern advancements in tooth colored fillings have allowed dentists to offer patients safe, effective and infinitely more appealing solutions to their dental issues.

White fillings, inlays & onlays Long Island, NY

At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we are committed to providing Suffolk County and Nassau County residents the very best in restorations and other procedures intended to give you the brilliant smile you deserve.

Key distinctions between fillings, inlays and onlays

illustration comparing dental inlay and onlayOnce Suffolk County based cosmetic dentists Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliott have identified areas of tooth decay, it will be necessary to select the restorative treatment that best suits your individual needs and preferences. Fortunately, these days there is no shortage of options as a wide range of tooth fillings, inlays and onlays are available that can impart a natural look while also adding strength.

Our metal-free, porcelain and resin restorations serve to restore tooth fractures that are not serious enough for a crown, replace old-fashioned metal fillings that are no longer desired and preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible.

Tooth restoration options:

  • Inlays, which are similar to traditional fillings, but which are often made of porcelain and sit entirely within the bumps or grooves on the tooth’s chewing surface
  • Onlays, which are rather more involved and labor-intensive than inlays, as they sit atop the tooth, providing additional substance and shape
  • Composite tooth fillings, which serve as a modern alternative to silver amalgam materials used in the past to fill holes in the tooth

Why choose tooth colored fillings?

comparison of silver and white fillingsTooth decay is a problem that, if left untreated, is almost certain to worsen and necessitate costly, inconvenient procedures in the future. For that reason, we highly recommend that anyone with mild to moderate decay explore the restorative techniques we offer at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry.

Tooth colored inlays, onlays and white fillings are essentially undetectable to the eye, facilitate conservation of existing tooth structure, are extremely durable, are far more attractive than silver fillings and do not undergo expansion and contraction due to temperature changes, as traditional fillings do. The end result is a beautiful, healthy smile that can last for decades.

Identifying the right tooth restoration solution

Each type of tooth restoration treatment brings its own pros and cons, and Dr. Elliott and Dr. Nick work collaboratively with patients to select the option that best suits their needs.

Ceramic and porcelain preparations are preferred in many situations, largely because they so closely resemble natural teeth, in contrast to the silver amalgam used in the past. They are also incredibly durable and can last for upwards of 30 years. However, it is important to note that such options come at a higher cost that can be equal to that of gold fillings.

Composite, or tooth colored, white fillings have become enormously popular with patients not only on Long Island, but across the country, despite the fact that they also tend to be costlier than traditional silver fillings.

Many patients opt for this type of tooth restoration because it is known to be extremely safe, posing no known health risk—unlike silver fillings, which have often contained potentially hazardous amounts of mercury.

While some patients may experience a small degree of temperature sensitivity for a few weeks after treatment, white fillings are an ideal solution for large numbers of patients.

Convenient teeth restoration

The best candidates for these restorative techniques are patients with mild to moderate decay in one or more teeth, with no other major underlying problems. However, those with serious tooth infections may need to undergo a root canal process and receive a crown in order to achieve full restoration.

Once decay has been identified, any infection or old filling material will be removed under local anesthesia before the tooth can be prepped to receive the new material. When patients choose this option, steps are taken to isolate the tooth to ensure that moisture does not prevent proper bonding of the material to the tooth’s surface. A special type of light is applied to the bonding material to harden it before it is filed down to match the patient’s natural bite.

In the case of dental inlays and onlays, depending on whether direct or indirect (laboratory fabricated) versions are chosen, the entire placement process can take as little as one office visit, with others requiring just 2-3 visits.

White fillings available in Suffolk County, New York

If you are seeking the finest general and cosmetic dentistry Suffolk County has to offer, we at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry invite you to schedule an appointment or a no-cost consultation about white fillings, dental inlays and more by calling (631) 744-5700. Located in the heart of the LI, our offices are convenient for those from Nassau County to Riverhead and all points in between.

Our team of professionals stands ready to provide you with an unrivaled level of service and results that are sure to make your new teeth the envy of friends and family alike.

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