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Dental Fillings

Composite fillings (tooth colored) are used to repair a tooth that is affected by tooth decay, cracks and fractures. Bacteria find their way into your mouth from many different sources. Over time, bacteria forms layers called plaque over parts of your teeth.

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Why do I need a dental filling?

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth (cavities)
  • Worn teeth (caused by gnashing or grinding)
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Why are dental fillings necessary?

Every day that you let this bacteria live in your mouth, they release acid. This acid wears your teeth down and causes decay.

In time, tooth decay will cause holes in your teeth. That’s what cavities are. Your teeth cannot repair themselves from cavities but Austin dentists can help.

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How are dental fillings placed?

Fillings are simple in concept.

  • After a teeth cleaning to remove plaque buildup,
  • A drill is used to follow the path made by bacteria. All bacteria will be removed.
  • The hole in the tooth is refilled by a hard, tooth-like barrier.
  • The barrier keeps more bacteria from re-entering the hole, where brushing can’t affect it.

Before drilling, your Austin dentist will numb your tooth to make the procedure painless. This will commonly be accomplished with the use of a numbing gel, then an anesthetic shot so the drill won’t hurt. After having a tooth filled, your mouth will likely be numb for a few hours. The feeling is unusual, but not at all bad. If you’ve never experienced it before, you’ll enjoy exploring that part of your mouth with your tongue, not feeling a thing.

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Why are patients fearful of dental fillings?

Because of the shot and the drill. Everyone knows the sound of a dentists drill whining. And yes, it used to hurt. Even as recently as thirty years ago, anesthetic and application techniques were still a little uncertain. Presently, the science of painkillers has reached a high level of technological expertise. Most customers are not actually afraid of pain from the drill… they’re afraid of pain from the shot used to deliver the painkiller!

Pain during the shot is closely related to the skills of the dentist. Empathy is just as important as technical expertise. If your dentist believes that shots do not have to be painful, he will work conscientiously towards the goal of making shots painless. He should tell you exactly what to expect, and use the technique that will work best for you. Common techniques involve drying the area, using numbing gel, or small distractions for the patient. And remember, whether the shot hurts a little, a lot, or not at all, it’s very likely to be the only pain you’ll experience in your whole stay at your dentist. You’ll feel the pressure of the drill, you’ll hear the whine, and you’ll likely smell the tooth being whisked away but it won’t hurt.

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Why choose Treaty Oak Dental as your Austin Dentist?

  • Our Patient centered approach is focused on ensuring that every patient enjoys a positive and gentle dental care experience.
  • Our wide-ranging service offerings, including Preventative Dentistry, makes us a one-stop destination for your dental care needs.
  • Our commitment to providing affordable dental care for our patients by offering financing options and an innovative membership plan.
  • Our technological capabilities bring the latest advances in dental care technology to benefit our patients.

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