Dental Fillings in south austin

WHAT ARE DENTAL FILLINGS?

Dental fillings are a restorative treatment used to fill the inside of a tooth when it has become damaged due to tooth decay, dental trauma, or wear and tear. Fillings are the first line of defense against cavities. 

After drilling out the tooth decay, we can rebuild the structure of your tooth with a filling that fills in the holes in your teeth. Contact us at Lady Bird Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dudeen.

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Composite resin fillings are biocompatible, unlike amalgam fillings.

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THE DENTAL FILLING PROCESS: WHAT TO EXPECT

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Consultation

When you have cavities or dental trauma, you need to come in for a consultation so we can look at the extent of the damage and make sure there isn’t a tooth infection. We can take x-rays to determine if a filling will be sufficient or if you need a root canal or crown.

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TOOTH PREP

We will prepare your tooth for the filling by administering a local anesthetic and drilling out any decay remaining in the tooth. The tooth will then be cleaned and dried.

FILLING

An etching gel will be applied to the tooth to encourage bonding. Composite resin is then applied to the tooth in layers.

UV LIGHT

UV light activates the composite resin so it instantly hardens. Additional shaping of the filling can be done after it is cured. Then, we will polish your tooth.

DENTAL FILLING OPTIONS

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COMPOSITE RESIN

Composite resin fillings are fillings that blend in with your natural teeth because the resin is tooth-colored. We can match the resin to the exact shade of your teeth using a shade guide. These fillings are preferable to amalgam fillings because they don’t leave a silver appearance in your mouth and they don’t contain mercury so they are suitable for all patients. 

We can also preserve more of your natural tooth with these fillings and they can be administered in one appointment. Thanks to the instant curing with UV light, you can begin eating as soon as the anesthetic wears off. With traditional amalgam fillings, you would need to eat a restricted diet because the filling takes 24 hours to harden.

Did you know…

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Composite fillings blend in with your teeth.

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ARE THERE ALTERNATIVES TO DENTAL FILLINGS?

Yes, some alternatives to fillings include dental crowns, veneers, and root canal therapy. For severe damage to the teeth or when you have a large filling, we may need to place a dental crown on top to protect the vulnerable tooth from breakage. 

If tooth decay or trauma has led to damage of the dental pulp, we will need to perform a root canal treatment to restore the health of your tooth. A filling won’t be enough once your tooth’s pulp has become inflamed. If you are getting a filling for aesthetic reasons such as small chips or cracks, you can undergo dental bonding or veneers to cover these up.

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ARE FILLINGS COVERED BY INSURANCE?

Dental fillings are typically covered by dental insurance because doing so prevents more costly and invasive procedures. However, it isn’t covered up to 100% like preventative treatments. Restorative treatments like fillings are usually covered by 50% or a little higher depending on your insurance plan. 

While composite fillings used to be covered at a lower price than amalgam fillings, that’s no longer the case, as they have become the gold standard in dentistry today. Contact your insurance provider to find out what they cover.

Did you know…

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Tooth-colored fillings last for 5-7 years.

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