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Austin, TX 78701
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Austin, TX 78734
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Tooth Fillings

TOOTH FILLINGS

If you’re suffering from dental pain, or you’ve noticed a visible dental cavity during your normal brushing and flossing, your next course of action should be to get a dental filling performed. A filling can help to prevent further damage to your teeth, keep your teeth vital, and even address sensitivity issues that you may be having due to your cavity.

A dental cavity, also referred to as “caries,” can occur for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Tooth decay from a chip or other damage,
  • Tooth decay from a chip or other damage,
  • Movement of your teeth, which decreases space between teeth and traps food.
  • An oral infection.

You may also require a dental filling if:

  • You have older fillings that have become loose.
  • You have a filling which is leaking, or breaking down.
  • You haven’t had your fillings replaced since new materials became commonly used over older materials.

Whatever the reason may be, your next course of action is clear: Seeing Dr. Patel and the staff at Lakewaysmiles will help you to get started on repairing the problem before it becomes much worse.

Why Do I Need a Filling?

The short answer is that any hole or chip in your tooth is a weakness that bacteria will exploit. Once there is an opening, the bacteria that live inside of your mouth will begin to eat away at the vital, unprotected tooth matter, until they eventually reach the vital pulp. In the meantime, the actual structure of the tooth may begin to break down, which could lead to teeth splitting and cracking. What this adds up to is a painful experience, and one that could lead to a dangerous issue known as a dental abscess.

An abscess can occur wherever there is an infection. Even if your body is able to fight off that infection, you will begin to notice a painful swelling in the jaw, cheek, or neck, which is the result of both damage to the nerves of the teeth and the build up of fluids that result from your antibodies killing off the bacteria. Win or lose, you may be facing a painful, embarrassing problem that will not go away on its own. Every dental cavity will eventually turn into a more severe dental issue, and one that could be far more expensive as well.

A filling is a very cost-effective way to make sure that your teeth are in good shape. The average price of a filling, even without insurance, is much less than what you would pay for a root canal, which is what you may need if you do not get a filling on time.

Dental fillings also help to prevent tooth loss, which is a problem that becomes more statistically likely to happen as you grow older. By protecting the vital root of your teeth now, you could save your own, natural teeth for your later years.

What Are Fillings Made From?

Most fillings are made from a composite resin, although amalgam materials and silver are also available. These filling materials are chosen because they are both durable and safe to place within the mouth. With the composite resin option, you will get a filling which naturally matches the look of your teeth.

Is the Experience Painful?

If you’ve never gotten a filling before, rest assured that Dr. Tejas Patel and the staff at Lakewaysmiles are very experienced in providing the latest in both anesthetic and sedation therapies. You’ll never have to worry about the pain or pressure of having dental work done, thanks to the caring and responsive approach that we take for each and every procedure that we perform.

A dental filling can be done in as little as one office visit, with multiple fillings being possible as well for those who are in need. If your dental problems are more severe, we may also recommend that you instead choose a dental crown to protect the remaining, vital parts of the tooth from further damage. An initial consultation and examination by Dr. Patel will determine which course of action will be best, as well as which you will be most comfortable with.

Whether you need new fillings placed, or old fillings replaced, Lakewaysmiles can provide you with some of the very latest in dental filling techniques and technology guaranteed to give you the restoration and protection that your teeth need.

Contact Us

LAKEWAY OFFICE

1213 RR 620 South, Suite 205 Austin, TX 78734
P: 512-263-8337

DOWNTOWN OFFICE

221 West 6th Street, Suite 940 Austin, TX 78701
P: 512-476-2336

Business Hours

LAKEWAY OFFICE

Monday– 8:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday– 8:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday– 8:00am to 4:00pm

DOWNTOWN OFFICE.

Tuesday– 8:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday– 8:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday– 8:00am – 4:00pm

Closed Fridays both offices

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