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.
"If you want a personal dentist with a professional office personnel and the highest quality of care this is the place!! I have had dental nightmares in the past and it took me a while (even with insurance) to walk in an office. Dr. Susan STANDS BEHIND HER WORK, and the receptionist ALWAYS sends reminders including an email with a calendar interface for my Samsung phone. Accommodating schedules too!!! Open some Saturdays and late Wednesday night. As a person who travels for business...this is a HUGE plus! Higeinists are all caring (yes...learned the proper way to floss-yes THAT is a thing)...As long as I am in this area I will stick with this office of great people! Don't hesitate, just make an appointment!"- J.M. / Yelp / Jan 16, 2019
"she was fantastic, made the process really easy. The whole staff was very professional, and organized. They made me feel safe, and warm."- A.A. / Healthgrades / Dec 31, 2019
"My life has changed so much since I came to see Dr. Fredericks I smile so much. I never felt beautiful because my teeth were so distracting. My personality has also changed because now that I smile more, people smile back at me; it has been contagious. I laugh and enjoy living. I have changed my name to Sandy Beach and I will use that as my pen name as I am writing a book. When people meet me they laugh and smile when I tell them the name. Thank you Susan for giving me my confidence back."- S.B. / Healthgrades / Dec 15, 2019
"100% attention to you as a patient accurate decision making - clear communication - and answer to every question.Love to visit my Dentist Office, great energy and easy welcoming into the space of maybe not the most comfortable moments :)but you won't feel any pain - in any action they may have to take.Thank you to all, and see you soon."- R.F. / Healthgrades / Dec 11, 2019
"I have been a patient of Dr. Susan's for many many years and she has always taken great care of me. However, today she really impressed me when I came in for a tooth that I broke she examined the tooth, gums, and xray. She realized that I what I needed was a better Xray so she referred me to a root canal specialist in the building. He took the Xray and concluded that Susan was right and that I did indeed need a root canal. Susan Fredericks made sure I was seen the same day and that I got the necessary work done. She knows when she can do something and she also knows and is not afraid to admit when a certain procedure is best done by another dentist (specialist); and for that I have great respect and trust for her. Thank You Dr.Fredericks"- C.L. / Healthgrades / Dec 10, 2019
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.