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. We offer high-quality dental implants to replace teeth that are beyond saving.
Preventing Cavities to Avoid Getting a Filling
Cavities may be lurking around the corner if you don’t properly care for your smile. Finding ways to practice proper oral hygiene during this season is key to the success of maintaining optimal oral health. Dr. Freano believes patient education and preventive dentistry are two of the greatest tools to help patients achieve excellent oral health. During a visit to our Lexington, KY dental office, Dr. Freano will make sure you are well informed, receive personalized dental care, and have your dental concerns addressed.
Preventing cavities relies heavily on your oral hygiene routine. Finding the right routine for your smile should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, using a fluoride mouthwash, and drinking the appropriate amount of water for your body.
What Are Cavities?
When sugars and starches mix with bacteria from plaque, it creates an acid that breaks down the tooth enamel over time. Tooth decay will set in, and if your teeth are not treated, a cavity will develop. Dr. Freano offers a range of restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry procedures for patients with cavities. Depending on your needs, Dr. Freano may provide:
- Dental Fillings
- Root Canal
- Dental Cleanings
Some patients may need multiple treatments or just one. Dr. Freano will determine which solution is right for you.
Schedule A Visit To Our Lexington, KY Dentist Office
If you haven’t scheduled a preventive care visit, visit our Lexington, KY dental Office. Dr. Freano offers complete, comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages. Patients can call our office to make an appointment or schedule an appointment online.