If you are suffering from dental decay, Dr. Joseph Morris can restore your oral health with tooth-colored dental fillings. This conservative restorative dentistry procedure can repair a tooth with minor to moderate decay to strengthen and improve your dental health. At our Islip, NY, dental practice, we use realistic composite resin, a durable combination of acrylic and glass particles. Composite resin is shade-matched to blend seamlessly with your natural tooth enamel, providing a more aesthetically-pleasing option to repairing your smile. In addition, because it is metal- and mercury-free, it is a safer alternative to traditional silver amalgam fillings.
Do You Have a Cavity?
One of the first signs of a possible cavity is increased dental sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Other side effects may include:
- Tooth pain
- Gum swelling near the affected tooth
- Bad breath
- Tooth discoloration, such as brown spots or a grayish tint
- Visible pitting on the biting surface of the tooth
If you suspect you may have a cavity, it is important to visit the dentist as soon as possible to prevent further damage. By treating dental decay early, you can reduce the need for additional restorative procedures. When tooth decay is left unaddressed, it can negatively affect the roots of your tooth and overall oral health, resulting in gum disease, tooth loss, and requiring more complex and costly procedures.
What to Expect during the Procedure
Our practice uses the latest dental technology to deliver the highest level of care for each of our patients. During your examination, digital x-rays will be taken of your teeth and jawbone to determine the location of your pain and severity of damage. If a cavity is detected during your evaluation, Dr. Morris can perform a quick and minimally invasive same-day dental filling. In cases where damage is more extensive, he may recommend root canal therapy or a dental crown to ensure optimum protection.
Before treatment, Dr. Morris will administer a local anesthetic to effectively numb the tooth and gums. Using special dental instruments, he will remove the unhealthy bacteria and thoroughly clean and dry the tooth. A special etching solution will then be applied to the tooth to help the composite resin adhere to the tooth. Once the composite resin has been tinted to the appropriate shade, Dr. Morris will begin carefully applying it over the tooth. As the resin is layered, Dr. Morris will use a dental curing device to harden the material, stabilize the tooth, and restore its structural integrity.
In most cases, a dental filling can be completed in under an hour and you can return to work and normal activity immediately afterwards. Because of the anesthetic, you may be advised to avoid hot food or drinks until the your mouth is no longer numb.
Our practice uses the latest dental technology to deliver the highest level of care for each of our patients.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored dental fillings provide many benefits over metal fillings, including:
- Aesthetically superior results, inspiring confidence in self-image
- Safer alternative
- Restored dental strength
- Custom shaded results
- Preserves natural tooth
- Requires just one office visit
Traditional silver amalgam fillings are still commonly used, but Dr. Morris prefers to provide composite resin fillings. The metals used in amalgam fillings have been known to expand and contract with temperature changes as well as seep into adjacent teeth, causing discoloration.
Contact Us Today
If you are concerned you may have a cavity, our team can provide the necessary treatment to restore your tooth back to full function. Contact our office online today or by calling (631) 581-7600 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Morris. With over 30 years of experience, he can ensure you achieve the best possible care.