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Embarking on a journey to maintain a healthy smile can often lead us to the doors of a dental clinic, especially when tooth decay sneaks up. In the vibrant city of Austin, there's a solution that combines quality with affordability: dental fillings offered by an affordable dentist. 

In this blog you will get to know how dental fillings can be a game-changer in your dental health regimen. Let’s take a look.

The Importance of Dental Fillings

Think of a dental filling as a knight in shining armor for your teeth. It's not just a simple fix; it's a crucial defense mechanism. In the bustling city of Austin, finding an affordable dentist who can skillfully place fillings is like discovering a hidden gem. These fillings play a pivotal role in the fight against tooth decay, a villain that threatens many of us.

Imagine a tiny cavity, seemingly harmless, lurking in your mouth. Left unchecked, this small issue could escalate into a full-blown dental crisis. This is where the magic of dental fillings comes in. 

By sealing up these cavities, they act as a barrier, keeping those pesky bacteria at bay. No more worrying about toothaches, infections, or worse, losing a tooth! The procedure might sound a bit daunting, but in reality, it's quick, efficient, and, most importantly, a life-saver for your teeth.

It's not just about fixing a problem; it's about prevention. With a dental filling, you're taking a proactive step toward preserving your oral health. An affordable dentist in Austin will help you understand this process and guide you through it, ensuring that your smile remains intact and sparkling.

Choosing the Right Filling Material

When it comes to dental fillings, it's not a one-size-fits-all situation. An affordable dentist in Austin can be your guide in the colorful world of filling materials, each with its unique flair. Think of it as choosing the right outfit for your tooth; something that fits well and looks great.

Amalgam fillings, for example, are like the sturdy jeans of the dental world: strong, reliable, and perfect for the back teeth where a lot of heavy chewing happens. Then there are composite fillings, the chameleons that blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth, making them the ideal choice for those who value aesthetics.

But wait, there's more. Gold fillings bring a touch of luxury to your mouth. They're not just about the bling; they're incredibly durable too. Porcelain fillings, though less common, offer a delightful mix of strength and beauty. An affordable dentist in Austin will help you weigh the pros and cons, ensuring you choose the material that best suits your needs and lifestyle.

The Procedure Explained

Now, let's demystify the procedure of getting a dental filling. It might sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but in reality, it's quite straightforward and nothing to be apprehensive about. Thanks to modern dentistry, it's more comfortable than ever before.

First, there's a bit of detective work involved. Your dentist will examine your teeth and may take X-rays to get a full picture of what's going on. Once the cavity is located, it's time for the action. But fear not, local anesthesia comes to the rescue, ensuring you won't feel a thing.

The decayed part of the tooth is then gently removed; think of it as clearing out the old to make way for the new. The tooth is then prepared for its new addition: the filling. 

This process is like sculpting; the material is carefully placed, shaped, and then polished to perfection. Before you know it, your tooth is as good as new, ready to take on the world (or at least your next meal).

Remember, an affordable dentist in Austin is there to make this experience as smooth and painless as possible. They'll walk you through each step, ensuring you're comfortable and informed. The end goal? To restore your tooth's health and your confidence in your smile.

Post-Procedure Care

Congratulations, you've just taken a big step towards a healthier smile with your new dental filling. But the journey doesn't end here. Just like a newly planted garden needs tender care, your filling requires some attention to thrive. An affordable dentist in Austin will give you the roadmap to ensure your filling lives a long and happy life.

First things first, let's talk about oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily isn't just a mantra; it's your filling's best friend. These simple habits are like the guardians of your dental health, keeping your filling in top shape and fighting off any future cavities.

But wait, there's more. Your diet also plays a crucial role. Chewing on hard candies or ice might be tempting, but these can be kryptonite to your new filling. Stick to foods that are filling-friendly. 

And remember, regular dental check-ups are like check-ins at a wellness retreat for your teeth. Your dentist can catch any issues early and ensure your filling is doing its job properly.

Common Myths Debunked

It's time to bust some myths about dental fillings. With so much information floating around, it's easy to get lost in a sea of misconceptions. But fear not, an affordable dentist in Austin is here to set the record straight.

First up, the big one: "Dental fillings are painful." That’s not true. With modern anesthesia and techniques, getting a filling is usually a walk in the park. It's about as painless as a routine check-up.

Then there's the longevity myth: "Fillings don't last long." Again, not quite right. With proper care, dental fillings can be like a long-term companion for your teeth, lasting many years.

So, let's clear the air and embrace the truth about dental fillings. They're an effective, pain-free, and durable solution to tooth decay. An affordable dentist in Austin will ensure you're armed with the right information and the best care for your teeth.

Enamel Dentistry: A Personal Touch in Dental Care

Now, let's talk about Enamel Dentistry. Right here in Austin, we've created a space where dental care is not just about procedures; it's about experience. 

At Enamel Dentistry, we blend top-notch dental services with a fun, relaxing environment. Imagine sipping on your favorite beverage or catching up on Netflix, all while getting your dental needs addressed. That's our reality.

We're not just another dental office; we're a community of professionals who are passionate about your oral health and your overall experience. From general to cosmetic dentistry, we cover it all. But what sets us apart is our approach. We believe in preventive care, educating our patients, and creating personalized treatment plans. It's not just about treating dental issues; it's about preventing them and enhancing your overall well-being.

Our team is dedicated to making your visit comfortable, enjoyable, and effective. We've revolutionized dental care with our state-of-the-art technology and a friendly, inclusive vibe. We're here not just as your dentists but as your partners in maintaining a radiant smile.

Thoughts

Taking care of your teeth is a crucial aspect of overall health, and dental fillings play a significant role in this journey. With the right care and an expert team like Enamel Dentistry, you can ensure your smile stays bright and healthy. We're here to guide, support, and provide the best dental experience in Austin. 

Remember, a healthy smile is a happy smile, and at Enamel Dentistry, we're all about spreading happiness, one smile at a time.

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Post - OP Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

February 20, 2024

Post – Op Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges usually take 2-3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the tooth/teeth are prepared, scans are taken, and a temporary crown/bridge is placed on the tooth/teeth. A custom fit temporary restoration will be fabricated to protect your teeth and gum tissue while your permanent crown or bridge is being created at the dental laboratory. The temporary prevents the tooth from shifting or moving, so it is essential that it stay in place for the duration of the time in between appointments.

A temporary, however, is not as durable as a permanent restoration, nor is it sealed completely, so it is important to be very careful chewing on that side, as well as keeping the area clean. Having sensitivity on the tooth/teeth while the temporary is in place is normal and will subside when the permanent restoration is placed, however, If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks after the permanent restoration is placed, please contact our office.

Home Care

While your temporary is in place it is important to keep your gum tissue as clean and healthy as possible. You may need to alter your oral hygiene habits in the interim as temporary restorations are cemented with a special cement that is designed to come off easily. Continue to thoroughly brush and floss every day.

However, when flossing, take special care to pull the floss out from the side rather than out from the top. Pulling out from the top can cause the temporary to come loose. If your temporary does come off, call us immediately so we can arrange to cement it back into place.

Do not attempt to “glue” the temporary crown back in yourself or “go without it” as the teeth may become sensitive or shift slightly, preventing placement of the permanent crown. You can use a denture adhesive like Fixodent or toothpaste to hold the crown or bridge temporarily until you can get to our office.

Once your permanent crown or bridge is cemented, it is important to remember that these ceramic or zirconia restorations do not decay, but the teeth underneath them do. The most susceptible area for decay is at, or below, the area where the tooth and restoration meet. If this area is not routinely cleaned bacterial plaque will form around the restoration, which oftentimes lead to decay. This is the most common reason for needing to replace permanent crowns and/or bridges. Therefore, it is important that you maintain a diligent daily home care program to clean your teeth and gums.

Fixed dental bridges require additional cleaning under the pontic (missing tooth). Since this “false tooth” is connected to the adjacent teeth a bridge threader is used to thread floss under it to remove plaque. These are available at most pharmacies.

Chewing

Although your temporary restoration should be very comfortable, you will need to alter your chewing habits to ensure the temporary stays in place in the interim in between appointments. 

Avoid chewing hard and sticky foods on the temporary crown such as gum, caramels, taffy, or hard candy. Also, if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. If your bite feels uneven or your teeth do not come together as they did before, please contact us immediately.

After the permanent restoration is placed it is normal to feel slight pressure and sensitivity to hot or cold for a few days up to a few weeks. If, however, after 2-3 days your bite still feels uneven, contact our office. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently. If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks, please contact your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post - OP Instructions: Fillings

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Post – Operative Instructions: Fillings

Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting tongue, lip, etc.) until the anesthesia wears off.

Children should be observed until the anesthesia has worn off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children chew on the inside of their cheeks, lips and tongue which can cause serious damage.

Your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure following the placement of fillings. This is completely normal. The possible symptoms of hot, cold or pressure sensitivity will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks. In very few instances, this sensitivity could last longer than a couple of weeks. As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better (not getting worse), everything is fine, and there is no need for concern. However if you have any concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to your local dentist.

Once the anesthesia has worn off, if you feel as though any of the teeth we have worked on are hitting first when you bite down, please give our office a call immediately. This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.

The gum tissue can sometimes be irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The anesthetic injection site may also feel sore or bruised. If your gums are tender, rinse with warm salt water, dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water. An analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will help to decrease discomfort.

Composite (tooth colored) fillings set up right away and can be chewed on as soon as the anesthetic wears off.

Home Care

Although the treatment that was performed is quite durable, the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay, especially at the interface between the tooth and filling. It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. Daily home care and regulating your intake of sugar-containing foods will increase the longevity of your new restoration. If you have any other questions or concerns, please call your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post - OP Instructions: Deep Cleaning

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Post – Operative Instructions: Deep Cleaning

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. The purpose of the treatment is to remove bacterial plaque and tartar from around teeth and under the gum line and smooth out rough target areas thereby eliminating the inflammation and infection that is the causative factor in gum disease. The progression of gum disease can be halted by removing inflammation and disrupting bacterial bio-film development with regular maintenance visits and meticulous home care.

After treatment you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding, and less swelling of your gum tissues. Your teeth may feel smoother, and your mouth will taste and feel better. The following tips will make you more comfortable, help to prevent any possible compilations and ensure the success of the procedure.

Discomfort

You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever for any tenderness or discomfort. Take ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) unless you have medical conditions or allergies.

It is not unusual for the teeth to be more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, and/or sweets. This is normal. This occurs as the gum tissue heals and shrinks in size and should gradually resolve in a few weeks with proper home care. Consistently brushing two to three times daily with sensitivity toothpaste or using fluoride rinses may alleviate this over time. Avoid toothpastes with “whitening” or baking soda, as this will contribute to the problem. If sensitivity continues or is severe, professional application of a desensitizing agent may be required.

Home Care

To help soothe the area, rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with warm salt water rinses. If CloSYS is prescribed, use as directed.

Resume your home care regimen of brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and daily flossing immediately, but be gentle with the area recently treated. Your gum health must be maintained with proper home care, as instructed, and regular dental visits. You may use a WaterPik if recommended as well.

Refrain from smoking for 24 to 48 hours after scaling and root planing as tobacco will delay healing of the tissues. Smoking cessation is highly recommended.

Diet

After scaling and root planing, avoid chewing in the area until the anesthetic has worn off completely. It is easy to bite or burn your cheek, tongue or lip while numb.

For several days following treatment, a soft diet is recommended. Avoid any hard foods such as tortilla chips, potato chips, popcorn, or seeds.

Bleeding

Minor bleeding that results in a pinkish tinge to your saliva is normal and may occur during the first 48 hours following treatment. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If excessive bleeding should occur, apply light pressure to the area with a moistened gauze or moistened tea bag and call the office immediately for more assistance.

Follow – Up Care

We ask patients to return in 3-4 months following scaling and root planing for an additional periodontal evaluation. At this appointment the healing response of your periodontal tissues will be evaluated as well as the effectiveness of your oral self-care in order to determine if further periodontal treatments are necessary as well as the frequency of your recall interval. This appointment will include re-probing the periodontal tissues as well as a maintenance cleaning.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns