When a patient has a cavity, Dr. Mark L. Pitel may recommend a dental filling. Our dentist will remove the decay from the tooth, clean the tooth thoroughly, and fill the area with the dental filling material. At our office, we use tooth-colored dental fillings, which are also called composite dental fillings. Composite dental fillings can be matched to the color of your natural tooth. We do not use metal fillings, which can be unsightly and are not as healthy for your smile.

When placing a dental filling, our dentist will first use a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser to remove the tooth decay. Our dentist will test the area to make sure that all of the decay has been removed. The area is then cleaned of bacteria and debris. The dental filling is then placed to fill the area. Composite dental fillings are placed in layers. Each layer is hardened with a curing light as it is placed. After the layers are in place, our dentist will shape the dental filling and trim off any excess material. The final dental filling is then polished.

We encourage you to contact our friendly office today to learn more about getting a dental filling in Poughkeepsie, New York, and to schedule your next visit.