Dental Fillings in Locust Valley
What happens if I have a cavity?
Cavities can happen to anyone. In fact, over 95% of people will get a cavity in their lifetime, no matter how well they brush or floss. Brushing, flossing, and regular trips to the dentist for cleanings and exams can reduce your risk of tooth decay. But your genetics and other factors play a role, too.
At Locust Valley Dentists, Dr. Adrianne Koster is known for her skillful, modern, and gentle approach to restoring cavities. Additionally, her focus is on prevention, educating patients, and helping them minimize their tooth decay risk. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect from your visit to Locust Valley Dentists.
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Dr. Koster’s approach to fillings
Early detection of cavities allows for a more conservative, wait-and-see approach, only recommending a composite or amalgam filling when needed.
If a filling is called for, Dr. Koster begins by making sure you feel comfortable, relaxed, and fully numb before getting started.
Dr. Koster uses a rubber dam to create a sterile field and prevent the ingestion of harmful materials.
Next, Dr. Koster carefully removes the decayed tooth structure and prepares your tooth’s surface for the composite filling.
The use of tooth-colored composite fillings is better for your long-term health and avoids the risks of mercury toxicity.
The filling is precisely shaped and bonded securely in place. Dr. Koster will check your bite and make any final adjustments to the composite resin material.
Why Dr. Koster prefers tooth-colored composite fillings
There’s a difference between traditional amalgam and composite fillings. Compared to mercury amalgam (silver) fillings, tooth-colored composite fillings:
- Eliminate the risk of mercury toxicity
- Require removal of less healthy tooth structure
- Look as good or better than natural teeth
- Protect teeth against cracks and fractures
How are Dental Fillings Done?
Dead enamel will be removed, and the area will be cleaned to get rid of any bacteria. A covering will be used over any exposed nerve, and then the tooth will be filled.
How Long Do Fillings Last?
Most fillings will last for about 10-15 years with proper care.
Are Fillings Painful?
You will receive some sort of anesthetic in order to numb the area of your filling. Your dentist will do everything to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed.
What are fillings made of?
Fillings can be made of tooth-colored composites, gold, amalgam silver, ceramic, or glass.
Will Insurance Cover a Dental Filling?
Most insurance policies will cover at least some of the cost of a filling. Your dentist will help you figure out pricing since there are multiple factors involved in the process.
How Many Cavities Can be Filled at Once?
Dentists are able to fill multiple cavities at once if necessary. There isn’t a specific limit to the number of fillings that can be done at the same time.
How Long Does A Dental Filling Take to Do?
The time it takes to complete a filling varies depending on the situation. Most range from 10 minutes to an hour, keeping in mind the possibility of more than one filling or the size of the cavity.
Can You Eat After Getting a Filling?
It’s best to avoid sticky, hard, or sugary foods for at least 24 hours after getting a filling.
How Will I Feel After a Dental Filling?
Your tooth will feel sensitive for a couple of days. At most you should only feel some mild pain.
What Are Dental Fillings For?
Dental fillings are used to repair a cavity, which is a hole in a tooth’s enamel.
Can you have a filling in the same tooth twice?
Technically, yes, although there are a lot of factors at play as to whether a filling will still be the best treatment plan this time around. Fillings can last more than a decade, which gives plenty of time for additional tooth decay that might require more substantial restoration.
Are crowns or fillings better?
Your dentist should be the one to answer this question, since they know exactly what youll need from your restoration - how large the cavity or decay is and what part of the tooth it affects.
Meet Your Dentist
While working at several of the top cosmetic dental practices in Manhattan, Dr. Adrianne Koster developed her unique approach to dental restorations including composite resin fillings. Using modern composite fillings, she can create smiles that are both beautiful and healthy.
She has been named a “Top New York Dentist” each year since 2016 because of her:
- Attention to detail and skill
- Warm, caring, and attentive approach to patient care
- Emphasis on comfort and satisfaction
- Continued study of the latest dental technology
- Passion for changing lives
Is Locust Valley Dentists right for you?
At Locust Valley Dentists, you always come first. We begin every appointment by listening to you. You’re encouraged to share any concerns about how your smile looks or feels.
We’ll answer your questions and review the treatment options available to you, including dental fillings.
We’ll talk about:
- Common causes of tooth decay
- Dangers of mercury fillings
- Which toothbrush and type of floss to use
- Proper brushing and flossing techniques
- Why Dr. Koster uses a rubber dam during fillings
- Which foods to eat to reduce your risk of cavities
- How to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come
If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist, don’t worry.
At Locust Valley Dentists, we are known for being gentle, warm, and friendly. This will be the most relaxing and comfortable dental experience of your life! To decrease anxiety during treatment we offer our patients:
- Convenient office hours to fit the busiest schedules
- There’s never any stress or judgment here
- Our modern, calm, and relaxing office is one of a kind
- Learn how our modern fillings improve your health and appearance
No Insurance? No problem.
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, you can still get the healthy and beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed about! At Locust Valley Dentists, we offer a variety of financing options. We’re here to answer all of your questions.
Insurance & Financing
For your filling, our office is able to work with many PPO insurance providers.
Our friendly front office team will help you file your claim and maximize your insurance benefits. If you don’t see your provider listed or if you have questions about payment options, contact our office to learn more.
" Dr. Koster is a great dentist who is patient, attentive, and gentle. She took the time to explain every treatment option available and made sure that all of my questions and concerns were addressed. The staff is very friendly and always willing to work around my schedule. I would definitely recommend Dr. Koster for your dental care. "
- Jeniza K.
" I love this office! Dr Koster knows what she’s doing and has great staff that are friendly and professional! What I appreciate the most is her attention to detail, looking out for my best interest and letting me know what’s happening with my health so I can take better care of myself. This Doctor is truly someone who cares about her patients!!! "
- Renee S.
" Dr. Adrianne Koster is Amazing! She is caring, gentle, extremely personable, and provides exceptional dentistry. The staff is very professional and nice. Thank you! I love my new smile. "
- Maria G.