What is a filling?

A filling is a basic dental restoration used to restore a tooth that has suffered from minor to moderate tooth decay or another type of damage. The filling replaces the lost tooth structure to return the tooth to optimal health, shape, and function. We offer several options for metal-free, tooth-colored restorations. If a tooth has experienced minor damage, Drs. Stan and Amy Shih may recommend a composite filling, which is made from composite resin. This resin is shaped directly onto your tooth and is matched to your natural tooth color. For more serious damage that does not require a dental crown, we may suggest a restoration created from tooth-colored ceramic or porcelain.

Do I need a filling?

Our dentists will help you determine whether a filling is the best possible option for restoring your smile after damage or decay. To place a filling, we remove the decay from the tooth and clean the tooth. The filling material is then placed on the tooth and sculpted to fit the tooth’s shape and contours. The dental filling is then hardened and checked to make sure it fits your bite. We can complete a dental filling in Yonkers, New York, in a single, simple visit to Westchester Family Dentistry. We invite you to call or visit us today to learn more.