One of the most common dental procedures used today, dental fillings are used to repair teeth that are damaged or decayed, restoring oral health and maintaining the integrity of the natural tooth.
Dr. Freano places several types of dental fillings in his Lexington KY dentist office and also replaces old, dark fillings to improve both oral health and the appearance of a patient’s smile. The material recommended for a dental filling will depend on the location of the tooth and severity of the decay or damage to be addressed.
Dental Fillings: What to Expect
Dr. Freano will begin by cleaning and preparing the affected tooth, removing old fillings if necessary. Depending in the severity of the cavity or damage, a local anesthetic may be applied to ensure the patient’s comfort during treatment. After placing the filling material into the affected area, Dr. Freano will cure it with a special light. The filling will be polished and adjusted if necessary for a comfortable fit.
Resin tooth fillings are typically placed during a single visit, but gold or porcelain fillings are custom fabricated in a dental lab and will require two visits.
Replacing Old Fillings
Old, dark fillings can be replaced with white fillings to enhance your smile and improve your dental health. Over time, old fillings can degrade and leak, allowing additional decay and damage to occur. Dr. Freano will examine your dental fillings and determine if they need replacement to keep the tooth healthy.