Composite Fillings Cerritos CA

Composite Fillings

COMPOSITE FILLINGS IN CERRITOS, CA

If you have cavities but don’t want a mouth filled with metal, composite fillings are a great way to renew your smile! Composite fillings can also repair broken or cracked teeth. At Dentist of Cerritos, we have expertise in the latest advancements in dental fillings, including modern composite fillings that look just like your natural teeth!

WHAT ARE COMPOSITE DENTAL FILLINGS?

Made from a mixture of non-allergenic plastic resin and quartz, composite fillings are the best way to repair cavities if you want that natural look. They are a popular choice among patients who are concerned about traditional metal fillings.

WHAT DO COMPOSITE DENTAL FILLINGS TREAT?

Composite fillings are used for a variety of dental conditions, including:

CAVITIES

If you have cavities, composite fillings are a great way to seal your teeth to protect them and avoid future damage.

CHIPPED OR BROKEN TEETH

Chipped or cracked a tooth? You don’t need to get it fully replaced. Composite fillings can be used to replace the missing areas or fill in any cracks.

WORN TEETH

Sometimes teeth get worn down from usage. Composite fillings are a great way to build the teeth back up and restore function.

GAPS

If you have a small gap between your teeth, you may not need to go through a multi-year process with braces. Composite fillings can do the job!

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COMPOSITE FILLINGS?

Composite fillings provide a more natural-looking alternative to traditional metal fillings. In some cases, composite fillings can be used instead of crowns, which is far more economical.

Because composite fillings are made out of a plastic resin, they are easy to shape and mold into whatever the patient needs, whether it is a filling, a crack repair, or building up a worn-down tooth.

Additionally, because of the way composite fillings can bond to teeth, less removal of existing tooth structures such as enamel needs to take place prior to filling, unlike metal amalgams.

Once in place, composite fillings reduce the chance that the now-treated cavity will continue to decay. Composite fillings protect the tooth from bacteria and food particles, keeping it strong and healthy.

HOW LONG DO COMPOSITE FILLINGS LAST?

The average lifespan of composite fillings ranges between 5 and 7 years, but they can last as long as 10 years if well-maintained. Metal amalgam fillings do last longer, but the benefits of composite fillings outweigh the drawback of a shorter lifespan for many patients.

HOW DO YOU CARE FOR COMPOSITE FILLINGS?

The better you care for your teeth, the longer your composite fillings may last. Here are some tips:

  • Brush and floss daily at least twice.
  • Don’t chew on excessively hard foods such as hard candies or ice.
  • Avoid excess sugar, which can cause new cavities.
  • Let us know if you are grinding your teeth while you sleep, so we can get you a mouthguard.
  • Come see us at Dentist of Cerritos at least twice per year for checkups and teeth cleanings.
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Composite Dental Fillings Cerritos CA

HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH COMPOSITE FILLINGS?

If you have a problem such as a chipped tooth or suspect you might have a cavity, contact us at (562) 414-5064 to set up an appointment. When we see you at our Cerritos dentist office, we will conduct a thorough examination and take X-rays or other images as needed.

If we determine that composite fillings are the right choice, we will make a special mixture that matches the color of the rest of your teeth. We will clean the treatment location and then apply the composite mixture. It is then shaped to the desired appearance and treated with composite bonding material to stabilize it.

HOW MUCH DO COMPOSITE FILLINGS COST?

The average cost of composite fillings is fairly low at $150-350 per filling, and your insurance may cover some of this cost if it is considered a functional vs. cosmetic procedure. Obviously, the more fillings you need, the more it will cost overall, and other factors are also at play, such as the location of the tooth and type of damage. Contact our team to discuss affordable payment options.

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