88 Smile Designs

Edly Destine, D.D.S.

Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry located in Fleetwood, Mount Vernon, NY

Fillings are one of the most common dental treatment solutions used today because they’re an effective and flexible solution for most types of tooth damage and decay. 88 Smile Designs in Mount Vernon, New York, uses white fillings because they restore your tooth without that telltale silver blotch. Use the online scheduler or call the office for a white fillings consultation today.

Fillings Q & A

What are fillings?

Fillings are bonding materials that literally fill in the spaces left by tooth decay or other damage. Once your 88 Smile Designs dentist removes the damaged part of the tooth, they mold the filling material into that space. This restores and reinforces your tooth. 

88 Smile Designs uses white fillings, which are made from high-tech plastics and ceramics. White fillings are tooth-colored, so they blend in with your other teeth. Your dentist chooses the filling color to make the filling virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth. 


When do I need a filling?

A tooth filling is often the ideal solution when you have tooth decay or damage. Some symptoms that might indicate you need a filling can include:

  • Toothache 
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Pain when chewing
  • The dark area on a tooth
  • A visible hole in the tooth

The filling can replace the decayed tooth material (the cavity) to restore your tooth to full use. Although fillings are usually used in cavity repair, you might also need fillings as reinforcement if your teeth are badly worn or when you have chipped or cracked teeth. 


What is the dental filling process like?

The filling process is designed with your comfort and safety in mind. Your 88 Smile Designs provider typically uses local numbing injections to make sure you won’t feel a thing. After your dentist removes the decay, the area is cleaned to ensure there are no bacteria left. 

Then, your dentist shapes the filling paste to fill the hole. Once your 88 Smile Designs dentist finishes shaping the filling perfectly to your tooth, a curing light is used to harden it into place. Since your white filling is hardened during your appointment, you can typically resume normal use of the tooth right away. 

Your 88 Smile Designs dentist gives you customized guidelines for your situation. To learn more about white fillings at 88 Smile Designs, call the office or book online anytime.