Dental Fillings
in Austin, TX

Dental fillings are a common treatment used to restore the function and integrity of teeth damaged by cavities or decay. The process involves removing the decayed tooth material, cleaning the affected area, and then filling the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. Dr. Katie James at Pecan Park Family Dentistry in Austin, TX, is highly skilled in providing dental fillings, ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure.

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Why Should I Get Dental Fillings?

If you're experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, it may be due to a cavity or decay that needs to be addressed with a dental filling. Leaving cavities untreated can lead to more serious dental issues, including abscesses and even tooth loss. Dental fillings can alleviate pain and sensitivity, restore the function of your tooth, and prevent further damage. They can also help maintain the shape of your tooth and prevent it from breaking. Regular dental check-ups at Pecan Park Family Dentistry can help detect cavities early, making the filling process simpler and more effective.

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Did you know…

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The first dental fillings were made from beeswax and were used over 6500 years ago!

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The Benefits Of Dental Fillings

Restores Oral Health

One of the main benefits of dental fillings is that they help restore your oral health. When a tooth decays, bacteria can multiply, leading to further tooth damage and potentially causing infection. A filling seals off the cavity, preventing bacteria from entering and halting the decay process. This helps to maintain the health of the tooth and your mouth as a whole.

Improves Functionality and Comfort

A decayed tooth can cause discomfort when eating, speaking, or even just closing your mouth. By filling the cavity, the tooth can be restored to its normal shape and function, making these daily activities comfortable again. Plus, modern filling materials are designed to withstand the pressures of biting and chewing, ensuring long-lasting results.

Enhances Aesthetics

Today's dental fillings are not just functional; they can also enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Composite resin, a common filling material, can be matched to the color of your natural teeth, making the filling virtually invisible. This means that you can smile with confidence, knowing that your fillings aren't noticeable.

The Dental Fillings Treatment Process

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Examination and Diagnosis

The first step in the dental fillings process involves a thorough examination of your oral health. Dr. Katie James will use a small mirror to inspect the surfaces of each tooth. X-rays might also be taken to determine the extent and location of the decay.

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Removal of Decay

Once the decayed area has been identified, it will be removed using a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser. The choice of instrument depends on the extent of decay, the location of the decay, and the dentist's comfort level with the equipment.

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Filling the Cavity

After the decay has been removed and the area cleaned, the cavity will be filled. The filling material, often a composite resin that matches the color of your teeth, is applied in layers. Each layer is hardened or cured with a special light before the next layer is added. Once all layers are in place, the filling is shaped to fit your tooth, and any excess material is trimmed off.

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