Your Smile and Dental Fillings

Your Smile and Dental Fillings

A dental filling can save your smile! Dental fillings can save a tooth that has been compromised by decay and preserve your natural tooth. Dr. Terry Lin of Northern Westchester Prosthodontics in Katonah, NY, places fillings for patients to revive teeth and preserve smiles.

Dental Fillings in Katonah, NY

Dental fillings are made from composite resin. This strong material is designed to blend in perfectly with your natural teeth. Fillings are used to treat cavities but they can also help your smile cosmetically.

Cavities can happen to patients of all ages and fillings can help make your tooth strong again. Tooth decay happens when plaque builds up on the tooth. The bacteria can compromise the tooth's enamel and create a cavity. The first sign of tooth decay a patient usually notices is tooth pain. By the time a patient feels pain there is probably already a large cavity, so regular visits and exams are important to preserve your teeth.

Fillings can also repair worn-down teeth. If teeth are worn from grinding, a filling can make a tooth strong again and protect it from further damage.

Getting a dental filling

The procedure for getting a filling is routine and relatively painless. Before any work starts, the area is numbed with a local anesthetic. Once you are numb, any decay is removed and drilled away from the tooth. A filling is placed in the cavity to strengthen your tooth. The filling may be shaped and polished to blend in with your smile.

Caring for your filling is just like caring for your natural tooth. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Regular cleaning and exam appointments twice a year help prevent tooth decay and cavities.

If you are having tooth pain or need a filling, come see Dr. Lin at Northern Westchester Prosthodontics. Contact us in Katonah, NY, at (914) 232-8190.

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