Composite Fillings Santa Barbara CA | Tooth Filling
Composite Fillings Santa Barbara CA

Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings in Santa Barbara, CA

Composite fillings are a great way to treat cavities and tooth decay while renewing the health and beauty of your teeth.

At See Me Smile Dental, we know just how vital a beautiful smile is for your overall confidence. While metal fillings revive the functionality of your teeth, they can also be noticeable and unappealing. Our office provides high quality, natural-looking composite fillings that keep your smile gorgeous, while also effectively protecting your teeth from further decay.

What Are Composite Dental Fillings?

A composite filling is a mixture that is custom matched to the color of your teeth. The mixture is made from high-quality plastic and quartz. This effective composite material fills the gap in your tooth that was created by tooth decay. Our special composite material also eases any health concerns you may have with traditional metal fillings.

What Do Composite Dental Fillings Treat?

For most of us, the word "filling" correlates with dental cavities, but composite fillings can also treat a few other dental health care needs.

Repair Damaged Teeth

Composite fillings repair damaged teeth in a number of ways, ncluding repairing chipped or broken teeth and filling in heavily worn-down teeth.

Reshape Teeth

Composite fillings are also used to close gaps between teeth and offer minor reshaping of teeth that aren't quite as functional as would be best.

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What Are The Benefits Of Composite Fillings?

Before composite fillings were available, metal fillings were the only option. While metal fillings serve a purpose, composite fillings are more natural-looking and offer a variety of advantages that best suit the needs of our patients.

Are Composite Fillings Noticeable?

We choose the color of the composite filling material based on your teeth which allows them to revive the natural beauty of your teeth while making them stronger and preventing further decay.

What is the Function of a Composite Filling?

Composite fillings help protect your teeth from debris and bacteria that cavities are exposed to. Composites are especially well-suited for use in front teeth and visible parts of your mouth for a more natural look, but can be used anywhere in the mouth.

How Do Composite Fillings Work?

They bond to your tooth structure micro-mechanically, which provides greater support and improved oral health. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings can be placed without destroying healthy tooth surfaces during preparation and placement.

Can Composite Fillings Be Used Instead of Dental Crowns?

In some cases, composite fillings can make a conservative, more affordable alternative to dental crowns. They save time, money, and teeth when a full crown is not needed. The team at See Me Smile Dental will go over all of your options and let you know what we recommend.

How Long Do Composite Fillings Last?

The normal lifespan of a composite filling is up to 10 years. This is shorter than some options, but they remain the safer, more natural-looking choice, so many prefer them despite the slightly shortened lifespan.

What Is The Process of Placing a Composite Filling?

During your consultation, we will take necessary x-rays and you will undergo an examination from our highly trained Dr. Omid Barkhordar. He will use his expertise and will work with you to create a treatment plan that suits your individual needs.

We will start the filling process by first carefully eliminating any bacteria, decay, and debris at the treatment location. Then, we will use our specialized composite material and dental adhesive to fill in the spaces caused by dental decay. Finally, we will stabilize the filling with our state-of-the-art composite bonding material.

How Much Do Composite Fillings Cost?

The cost of composite fillings will vary, depending on a few details.

  • How many teeth need fillings? Obviously, more teeth will raise the costs.
  • What kind of damage are the fillings treating? The amount of composite can change the cost.
  • Which teeth need the fillings? Location of teeth can affect the cost.

Our team will work with you to understand each of these considerations and give you a reasonable estimate that's as budget-friendly as possible.

How Do You Care for Composite Fillings?

There are a few tips that help maintain your composite fillings for their full lifespan.

  • Remember to use proper oral hygiene. Brush, floss, and rinse two to three times daily with high-quality dental care products.
  • Avoid chewing excessively hard foods such as hard candy and ice
  • Maintain a healthy dental appointment schedule with twice-annual cleanings and check-ups
  • Eat foods that help maintain healthy teeth
  • Never use your teeth to open or cut packages
  • If you experience tooth grinding, use a mouth guard for sports and sleep
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Meet Dr. Omid

Dr. Omid Barkhordar, DDS has earned his reputation as a leading family and cosmetic dentist in Santa Barbara, the Central Coast, and Southern California. He is committed to providing patients of all ages with compassionate care.

From general dentistry to advanced procedures, Dr. Omid uses innovative technology and gentle techniques to deliver safe and stress-free dental care so patients can enjoy a painless, healthy, and gorgeous smile.

Dr. Omid earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry in one of the best dental programs in the United States. His dedication to helping patients achieve their perfect smile has earned Dr. Omid the continued trust and recommendation of many clients.

No matter the age or needs of the patient, Dr. Omid is committed to helping you discover the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile.

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