Dental Fillings in Spicewood, TX

What are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are a common treatment used to restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, they first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), and an amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).

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Dental fillings can last for many years, but eventually, all fillings need to be replaced.

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The Dental Filling Treatment Process

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Consultation and Diagnosis

The first step in the dental filling process is a consultation and diagnosis. Dr. Richard Donkersgoed will examine your teeth using a small mirror and dental instruments. If a cavity is suspected, further tests such as X-rays may be needed. Once a cavity is confirmed, a treatment plan is discussed with the patient.

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Tooth Preparation

Tooth preparation is the next step. The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic. Then, the decayed area of the tooth is removed using a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser. The choice of instrument depends on the individual dentist's comfort level, training, and investment in the particular piece of equipment as well as location and extent of the decay.

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Filling Placement

After the decay has been removed, the dentist will prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. If the decay was near the root, a special medication may be applied for added protection. The filling is then placed, adjusted, and polished.

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The first dental fillings were made of gold and were used as early as the 19th century.

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How Do I Care for My Dentures?

Rinse them when you take them out and before putting them back in. Always store your dentures in their storage case when you aren’t wearing them. Don’t run your dentures under hot water, which can morph them out-of-shape. You need to brush your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush and denture cleaner twice a day and should soak them in it at night. Avoid eating excessively hard or sticky foods.

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How Will My Lifestyle Be Impacted If I Get Dentures?

It will take some getting used to when you first get dentures. At first you may notice that you’re producing more saliva and sound louder than normal, have a restricted diet and find it difficult to pronounce certain sounds. Your gums may also feel sore and tender. All of this will subside within about a month but you will still need to be mindful of what you eat, take your time, and cut your food into smaller bites.