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About Smiles

Family and Cosmetic Dentists located in Austin, TX & Round Rock, TX

Fillings Specialist

Fillings are the most common dental procedure performed. They’re also a significant source of dental fear, with patients experiencing everything from mild nervousness to severe anxiety. The dentists at About Smiles in Austin and Round Rock, Texas, understand patient apprehension, yet they also know how vital it is to get cavities filled to prevent serious dental problems in the future. Contact them to learn about how they make getting fillings easier with laser dentistry, sedation dentistry, and free services like headphones during the procedure.

Fillings Q & A

What is the purpose of a filling?

Fillings are used to restore the shape, function, and strength of a tooth that has been damaged for any reason. In addition to recreating the original shape and strength of the tooth, a filling seals the space, which helps prevent future decay in the same area.

Most people are familiar with fillings used to fix a cavity after the decay is cleaned away. However, fillings may also be used to repair cracked, broken, or worn teeth, depending on the severity of the damage. Some cracked teeth need more than a filling to restore their normal strength.

What are the different types of fillings?

The type of filling used is determined by the extent of the repair, the location of the filling, whether you have allergies to materials in the filling, and the cost of the filling.

Amalgam (silver) fillings: Made from a mixture of mercury, silver, copper, tin, and sometimes zinc, silver fillings are long-lasting and resistant to wear.

Composite resins: Matched to the same color as your teeth, so they’re often preferred by patients who want tooth-colored fillings. Resins aren’t as durable as amalgam, but they still last 7-10 years.

Porcelain fillings: Porcelain inlays or onlays are produced in a lab and bonded to the tooth, covering most of the tooth. They’re also matched to your natural tooth color.

Gold fillings: Made in the lab, then cemented into place, gold fillings are very long-lasting but expensive.

How do the dentists at About Smiles ensure your comfort while you are getting a tooth filled?

Many of our patients are anxious or fearful when they need a filling. We understand dental anxiety, so don’t hesitate to let us know when you feel nervous. We’re dedicated to ensuring your comfort and will work with you to take the steps that help.

We offer several services to relieve anxiety:

Laser dentistry: Our dentists are experts in laser technology, which speeds up the process of getting a filling.

Headphones: Block out sounds of dental equipment while listening to relaxing music.

Cable TV: You can watch TV in every exam room.

Warm blankets: Keep you comfortable and relaxed during dental procedures.

Anti-anxiety medications: Talk with us before your scheduled appointment about receiving medication prior to your procedure to help you relax.


At About Smiles, we are in-network with most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Delta Premier
United Concordia

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    "I had a very deep filling that needed to be removed and replaced with a crown, which they make in the office. When I left I had a beautiful new crown!"

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    "All my questions were answered thoroughly which made my visit more comfortable. I will definitely be returning here for my dental work!"

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