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Had Your “Fill” Of The Dentist? How Anxious Residents Of Orange County Can Get Over Their Fear Of Composite Fillings.
A filling is a tried-and-true way of restoring a damaged or decaying tooth back to its normal function and shape. In fact, silver amalgam fillings have been used in the dentistry profession for over a hundred years! Not only do fillings restore the tooth, they also help prevent further decay after the procedure is over, keeping that tooth strong and functional for years to come.
The Dental Oasis of Orange County and Dr. Brian Toorani, a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, employ the use of the best tools and materials to restore your teeth with modern composite fillings. However, if you know you’ve been letting your anxiety get in the way, and you need to get some cavities filled, it’s time to figure out what’s holding you back.
What’s holding you back from getting that filling?
If you asked someone what they feared the most about going to the dentist, a common response would probably be noise the dental drill makes. In fact, The Guardian reported a very interesting article a few years ago about this negative association with the drill and other instrument noise. Neuroscientists found that those who weren’t afraid of the dentist had normal responses in the auditory portion of their brain; however, anxious people actually had an increase in activity in the area of the brain called the caudate nucleus–or an area associated with remembering sensory details that play a role in learning.
In short, these anxious people didn’t just hear the scary sound, they developed a negative memory that could possibly influence their behavior. Unfortunately, if you do feel scared of the dentist, that fear may only build over time. The drilling of a tooth is a necessary step to clean out the structure of decay. And if you put off getting your filling, the cavity can abscess, become painful, and in severe cases cause bone loss.
However, if you are looking to get fillings in Huntington Beach, CA, and want an environment that is less stressful, Dr. Toorani’s office may be the ticket. Dr. Toorani uses electric hand-pieces that reduce the typical “drilling” sound you may have associated with the office. The office also has many other amenities.
Our amenities can help you get over your fear
Not only does Dr. Toorani use quiet instruments during fillings, but he provides comfortable memory-foam chairs, relaxing music, cable channels, and the much more. These kinds of amenities can help comfort you and reduce your anxiety. In fact, a Harvard Health Blog backs up the effectiveness of these amenities, as those with dental phobia provided coping techniques, like music or TV, that helped them have a more pleasant experience at the dentist office.
Which kind of fillings should you get?
While each type of filling has its pros and cons, the most well-rounded (and most cost-effective) filling are plastic composite fillings.
Amalgam fillings used to be more popular, but the NCBI says that people are shifting away from those fillings since they want restorations that are aesthetically pleasing and practically visible. While Silver amalgam used to have the upper hand at durability, the NCBI also says that composite fillings are actually very durable if they are used for mid-sized restorations.
You also have the option of getting gold or ceramic fillings, but again, these have some less-than-desirable qualities. For instance, gold is not only more expensive, but it can be a difficult material to work with, meaning that you would have to stay at the dentist’s office longer than you want to! While ceramic fillings are aesthetically pleasing, they are also expensive and you may need more than one appointment since they can require special equipment to install.
The filling process is not as bad as you think
When you get a filling, your dentist removes the damaged or decaying tooth material, cleans the tooth, and then fills the cavity with a plastic composite material.
This procedure does not take long at all (about an hour) and may be completed during a routine cleaning. Before he or she fills your cavities, you will have a numbing gel (topical anesthesia) applied to your gums. If you are also afraid of needles, this numbing gel will be a lifesaver since it will make it so you will hardly notice the needle prick for the numbing shot.
Once you are comfortable, the dentist will remove the decay from your teeth. If you are really bothered by the sound, you could bring your own noise-cancelling headphones. Once the decay is drilled out, the hole will be filled with the composite. When you leave, you won’t be able to eat for a little while. Since you will still be numb, this instruction is important so you don’t accidently bite or chew the inside of your cheek.
As you can see, getting fillings is a very straightforward and safe process. If you do have any serious underlying conditions, like heart disease, a dentist may take extra measures and prescribe an antibiotic to prevent infection in the bloodstream.
Does every cavity or decaying portion need a filling?
While you may think you are a perfect candidate for a filling, that is something that only your dentist can determine. To be sure that you have a cavity, your dentist will examine each of your teeth with a small mirror. Each abnormality will be checked with a special tool or an X-ray of your mouth. Believe it or not, colgateprofessional.com says that early decay can be reversed and not require a filling. This is why it is so important for you to go to the dentist regularly.
You can avoid the dental drill and instead, undergo therapies that can build minerals back up in your teeth. However, if you do need a composite filling, then it’s important for you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible before the issue becomes even more painful.
Contact The Dental Oasis in Huntington Beach today!
If you would like to schedule an appointment to find out if you need fillings, call (714) 894-7700 or visit the Dental Oasis of Orange County. You can also request an appointment online by clicking HERE.
I am thrilled that I found a wonderful dentist in Dr. Toorani and his team.
The office is aptly named. It really does look like a spa and is full of the latest gadgets in dentistry. It is located in the Bella Terra shopping center upstairs next to Bed, Bath & Beyond and right next to a Cost Plus. The location is easy to get in and out of and there is a parking garage if you are trying to avoid the often crowded parking lot.
Dr. Toorani is working on closing my open bite and alleviating some of my jaw pain so that I can avoid jaw surgery.
He is honest, fair and friendly. I would highly recommend Dental Oasis of Orange County to anyone in the market for a new dentist.Liz H.
“The Dental Oasis is focused on raising the bar of excellence with patient experience. Essentially by providing great customer service and exceeding expectations. Ultimately, it’s all about our patients and it is what we love to do. My passion is dentistry. My love is for my patients. This is why I come to the office every day. Our modern, tranquil, peaceful, and spa-like environment will make you forget that you are at the dentist’s office. We utilize all the latest technology in dentistry and offer many amenities that will make your visit a unique and relaxing one. Whether you need a teeth cleaning, crown, or dental implants, we are here to serve you. At The Dental Oasis you are family.” – Dr. Brian Toorani