A dental filling is one of the most common dental procedures. Dr. Pamela Doray offers tooth-colored fillings for the most esthetic restoration. A dental filling is used to restore a tooth that is damaged or decayed. We use a range of materials from resin to porcelain.
Dr. Doray can also replace old, dark fillings to improve both oral health and the appearance of your 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.
About Dental Fillings
White fillings are the standard in cosmetic dentistry for esthetics and function. For smaller fillings, Dr. Doray uses tooth colored dental composites to restore beauty and strength. These materials are placed directly into the teeth using the latest techniques. In the case of larger fillings, Dr. Doray fabricates porcelain restorations or onlays which look and feel like natural teeth. Porcelain fillings strengthen weak or damaged tooth structure and prevent future damage to teeth.
About the Procedure
Dr. Doray 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. Doray 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. Doray will examine your dental fillings and determine if they need replacement to keep the tooth healthy.