Restorations or “fillings” are used to restore a tooth that has decay, is worn, or has been broken. Traditionally, you can use amalgam or “silver fillings”, but composite or “tooth colored” resin restorations are now typically used to restore teeth back to their original shape.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I have a cleaning?
It is in the best interest of your oral health to see us for a cleaning every six months. Even with frequent brushing and flossing, cleanings are needed to prevent cavities and gum disease. Please call us at (606) 723-4112 to take a step closer to that home from the dentist clean feel.
Are amalgam fillings (silver-colored fillings) safe?
Amalgams have been used to preserve decaying teeth for over a century. Concern over the presence of mercury in the fillings has been evaluated by the FDA, ADA, and the National Institute of Health; they all confirmed the safety of amalgam fillings.
What can I do to reduce tooth sensitivity?
Sensitivity occurs when the underlying layer of your teeth, the dentin, is exposed. It is caused by many factors such as brushing too hard, tooth decay, gum disease, acidic foods, and teeth grinding. Our office has many products to help reduce sensitivity. We offer relief during procedures and oral education to help in day to day life.
How safe are dental x-rays?
The amount of radiation you are exposed to during a dental x-ray should not be a concern for most people. Thanks to technological advances, radiation beams pinpoint small areas. The procedure is even more efficient with higher speed X-ray films and film holders. Additionally, X-ray machines are legally subjected to regularly inspection.
I have a fear of going to the dentist. What can be done to help?
We want you to know that is okay to have anxiety over dental procedures, and that we will work with you to reduce any fears. It is our goal to make you as comfortable as possible. We have assisted many patients with anxieties who are grateful for our help in overcoming their dental fears.
Does whitening toothpaste work?
Whitening toothpaste can only remove surface stains. If you have yellowing or discoloration, bleaching is your best option. See our services for more information.