If you develop a cavity or have other minor tooth damage, Dr. Patricia Breen and Dr. Elyse Patrella may recommend repairing your tooth with a dental filling. Fillings are a simple restorative treatment that can be completed in just one visit to Hills Park Dental to give you back a healthy smile.

The history of dental fillings dates back thousands of years, with early attempts found in archaeological discoveries dating back to 8000 B.C. However, it was not until the 19th century that materials like dental amalgam, a mixture of mercury and alloys, gained popularity. Over time, the dental field has evolved, introducing newer, mercury-free and more aesthetically pleasing “tooth-colored” fillings.

Tooth-colored fillings, or composite fillings, are the type of filling used here at Hills Park Dental, as they offer a natural looking result, bond seamlessly with your tooth structure and work to preserve more of it. When you receive a dental filling, our dentists will first ensure your comfort with a local anesthetic and will then clean your tooth to remove all damage and decay before placing your filling. After the filling is placed, we will harden it to complete your treatment and restore your smile.

Following the procedure, you may experience temporary numbness. Minor adjustments may also be needed. Some sensitivity to hot or cold foods is normal but should subside within a few days. Proper oral hygiene and routine care can help maintain your new filling’s strength and durability for years to come.

To schedule a consultation with our dentists, and learn more about dental fillings in Deer Park, New York, give us a call at 631-254-6596!

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