About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Dental cavities, one of the most common dental problems, are easily treated with tooth-colored fillings at Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills, CA. After the damage or decay has been cleaned, fillings seal off the cavity to prevent bacteria from accumulating again. The filling material mimics the color of natural teeth very closely for a superior aesthetic result. Dental filling material evens out the surface of the tooth to make biting and chewing easier while also preventing further tooth decay. Since tooth-colored materials blend in with your teeth, it will look natural when you open your mouth to smile, laugh, and talk.
Old fillings were a mixture of different metals, which could be conspicuous in the mouth and contain mercury (harmful to the body). Nowadays, dental laboratories use tooth-colored materials like composite resins and porcelain to make fillings that blend in naturally with the surrounding teeth. In addition to tooth-colored fillings for new cavities, cosmetic and general dentist Dr. Susan Fredericks can remove old, metal fillings for patients and replace them with tooth-colored fillings.
"My visit was thorough and the hygienist was very gentle. The personalized service I received from Dr. Fredericks is top notch. The office staff is very professional and was considerate enough to get both my children an appointment at the same time as to not be an inconvenience."- H.B. / Google / Jan 22, 2018
"My new teeth are the best !"- M.J. / Google / Jan 15, 2018
"After waiting over 6 years to go back to a dentist, I was nervous going in. My past experiences had been dreadful to the point that I figured it would inescapably be that way no matter where I went. But (thanks to Susan and her staff) it didn't take me long to realize that I was mistaken. Everyone here is kind and considerate - even the other patients I've met so far. Their work is great and pretty quick, too. They even go out of their way to make sure all insurance and payment information is straight-forward (not to mention they helped me find a good oral surgeon who takes my insurance for wisdom teeth removal). All in all, you can't go wrong here. I plan to remain a patient here for as long as I live anywhere in the general area.Thanks for everything, Susan!"- C.D. / Yelp / Dec 18, 2017
"Dr. Susan Fredericks and her team are wonderful. I've been going there for a couple years now and I've never had any issues. They are very knowledgeable, great with scheduling, and try their best to keep prices fair. Highly recommend!Susan is dedicated to her passion and community. She volunteers at MEND clinic and helps teach dentistry all while running her practice. Super woman! Highly recommend!"- M.M. / Google / Dec 03, 2017
"Dr. Fredericks is great! I came in with a chipped tooth and she was able to perfectly match the color - it looks even better than before it was chipped! My regular dentist was very impressed with her work!"- A.A. / Google / Dec 03, 2017
What to Expect
A tooth-colored filling can be performed in our Woodland Hills office with local anesthesia for any pain and discomfort. Once you are prepared, Dr. Fredericks can use a drill to carefully remove the decayed area of the enamel. Then, Dr. Fredericks will lightly etch the tooth with an acid gel to help bond the tooth-colored filling when it is placed. The resin is applied and hardened with a special light. Dr. Fredericks will continue to apply layers of resin and harden them with the light until the tooth is strong and even. Any excess resin can be polished and smoothed with the drill.
Immediately after the filling is placed and dried, Dr. Fredericks will finish and polish the tooth for smooth edges. Once the anesthesia wears off, you may notice sensitivity to heat, cold, sweetness, pressure, and more. This sensitivity is only temporary and should not last more than 1 – 2 weeks. You should continue a good home oral care routine, including brushing and flossing, in addition to regular dental exams and cleanings. Dr. Fredericks will monitor the condition of your filling at each visit and help you determine if you need a replacement.
Most dental insurance companies cover part of the cost of a tooth-colored filling whether it is a new filling or a replacement for an old silver amalgam (metal) filling. Our office will help you determine your coverage and personal cost during your consultation. If you don't have or don't want to use your insurance, Southern Cal Smiles has several payment and financing options.
Plan Your Service
Cavities can happen to anyone, but they don't have to ruin the appearance and function of your teeth with tooth-colored fillings at Southern Cal Smiles. Resin composite fillings cover areas of tooth decay and strengthen the tooth while seamlessly matching your natural tooth color. Talk to Dr. Fredericks about how tooth-colored fillings can repair your teeth while keeping your smile beautiful.