Fillings

Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Yorktown, Shrub Oak, NY

The average American has three dental fillings. If you damage a tooth or develop a cavity, your dentist might recommend a filling to preserve your tooth and prevent further damage. Elliot Ledner, DDS, Janet Zaiff, DDS, and the team at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs in the Shrub Oak and Yorktown, New York, area, proudly offer dental fillings using laser treatment. To request your fillings appointment today, call the office.

Fillings Q & A

What is a dental filling?

A dental filling is a type of restoration used to preserve a decaying or damaged tooth. Once placed, a filling restores your affected tooth to its original size, strength, and appearance. 

Before applying a filling, your Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs provider carefully removes your decaying tooth material and cleans the area with an antiseptic solution. 

At Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs, the team prepares teeth for fillings using the Biolase WaterLase MD™. This cutting-edge tool is less invasive and less traumatic than a traditional scalpel or dental drill. It’s also silent, ensuring your comfort during treatment.

Are there different types of fillings?

Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs offers several different types of fillings, including:

  • Gold fillings
  • Amalgam (silver) fillings
  • Composite resin fillings (tooth-colored)
  • Porcelain fillings
  • Inlays and onlays

The type of dental filling you most benefit from depends on the extent of the damage, whether or not you have allergies, and your budget. 

Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your goals for treatment, your Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs provider can make a recommendation that aligns with your individual needs.

What are inlays and onlays?

Dental inlays and onlays are similar to fillings; the only real difference is that a laboratory manufactures them. Your dentist bonds an inlay or onlay directly to your tooth, instead of applying it one layer at a time.

Inlays fit inside your tooth and repair chips or areas of decay. They’re usually ceramic or porcelain and mimic the color and light-reflecting properties of your natural tooth enamel. 

Onlays are similar, but they extend to the chewing surfaces of your teeth and replace one or more cusps. Your dentist bonds onlays directly to your tooth, like a crown. They restore your tooth’s appearance and prevent further damage.

How do I care for my fillings?

You care for a dental filling like you would your natural teeth. The team at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs recommends brushing your teeth twice every day, flossing once each day, and visiting the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and exam.

To learn more about the benefits of dental fillings, make an appointment at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs today by calling the office.