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Does one of your teeth have a cavity (decay)? A dental filling in San Diego, California, may be just what you need. Dr. Elhameh Allamehzadeh will remove the decay from the area and fill it with the dental filling material. This will restore the strength and function of the tooth. Dental filling material can also be used to repair a tooth that is cracked or chipped.

How is a dental filling placed?
First, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area. Our dentist will then remove the decayed material and test the area to ensure that it is all gone. The area is then cleaned of debris and bacteria. Once the area is clean, Dr. Elhameh Allamehzadeh will place your composite dental filling in layers. As each layer is placed, a special light is used to cure or harden it in place. When all of the layers are in place, the material will be shaped, trimmed, and polished.

Does dental insurance cover composite fillings?
With most dental insurance plans, the cost of the composite filling will be covered up to the price of a silver filling. The patient will then pay the difference.

How do I care for a tooth with a dental filling?
Dental fillings do not require special care. Simply follow good oral hygiene. Visit Dr. Ellie's Gentle Dentistry regularly for cleanings and exams, brush your teeth twice daily, and floss daily. If you notice an issue with your filling, like a crack, sharp edge, or sensitivity, visit our office. Dr. Elhameh Allamehzadeh will assess the situation and take X-rays if necessary.

We welcome you to call our dental office at 619-542-1800 today to learn more about what dental fillings can do for your smile and to schedule your next visit.