Composite Fillings Long Beach CA

Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings Long Beach, CA

A composite filling can be used to restore the tooth after decay has created a cavity, deep depressions, or to repair your tooth after an injury or chipping. Composite fillings help protect and strengthen teeth by reinforcing the tooth and stopping the decay.

Composite fillings are now preferred by many dentists over traditional metal amalgam fillings because they are non-toxic and provide a more natural look.

What are Composite Fillings?

Composite fillings are made from a high grade non-toxic quartz and hypo-allergenic plastic resin. They look and feel just like your natural teeth and are not noticeable like traditional metal fillings.

The composite filling is designed to naturally blend in with your other teeth and does not provide an after-taste thanks to the quartz and plastic that make up composite fillings. It can also be used to repair chipped teeth and our cosmetic dentist will match the exact coloring or your tooth for a flawless finish.

Why Get a Composite Filling?

Your new composite filling will restore the health of your teeth by ensuring that you are free of cavities. It will also prevent the accumulation of bacteria buildup in the former cavity location. The composite filling can prevent the inner nerve from becoming exposed, therefore reducing pain caused by cavities.

Without a filling, the structure of your tooth may be at risk and eventually it can become a much larger issue than just getting a simple one hour composite filling procedure. If you don’t get a filling, you may eventually be at risk of losing your tooth altogether.

Modern composite fillings are utilized for multiple purposes including treating:

  • Cavities: Composite filling material is a highly safe and effective way to remove decay and fill in a cavity while protecting the tooth from further damage.
  • Chipped or broken teeth: Repair your chipped or cracked tooth with a composite filling to make it look like new again, and even match the existing tooth color.
  • Worn-down teeth: Teeth sometimes wear down and become fragile or brittle. Strengthen these weakened teeth with composite fillings while also restoring their appearance.
  • Gaps between teeth: With composite fillings any small openings or gaps between teeth can be easily repaired and filled in.
Composite Fillings Long Beach CA
Composite Fillings in Long  Beach CA

What is the Process for Composite Fillings in Long Beach, CA?

If you are a good candidate for a composite filling, the procedure can take anywhere from an hour or more depending on the number of cavities we are treating. Before the dentist begins, the assistant will numb your gums, teeth, and the surrounding area with a local anesthetic designed to reduce your pain or discomfort while the procedure is performed. After you have the filling installed the anesthetic will take time to wear off, and your mouth will likely be numb for a couple hours afterwards. It is important to not eat or drink during this time while the anesthetic wears off and your mouth heals.

The dentist will use a composite filling to restore the tooth. The filling will be molded so that it is the right shape for your tooth and bite. A composite filling mixture will be used that will match the color of your natural teeth. This mixture is applied to the tooth and shaped to fill in the space. The non-toxic composite bonding material is then applied to stabilize the mixture. A composite filling is layered gradually to fill the hole and ultraviolet light is used to cure the mixture. As each layer hardens the next layer can be placed until the space is filled.

What is the Cost of a Composite Filling?

Composite filling prices range from $150 to $350 per filling. Your dental insurance may help out with some of this cost if the procedure is necessary.

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