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Dental Fillings in Whittier

Restore esthetic of your smile & eliminate pain & sensitivity caused by cavities.

Benefits of Dental Fillings

  • Eliminate pain & sensitivity caused by cavities.
  • Restore the esthetic of your smile.
  • Prevent further decay leading to a root canal.
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Chipped Tooth

Composite dental fillings are tooth-colored material that repair chipped tooth, broken fillings, and replace tooth structure damaged by cavities.  Dental fillings help save teeth that might otherwise be lost due to traumatic injury or deep cavity. Dental Fillings reduce risk of infections by safely and effectively fill a dental cavity to keep bacteria out of the damaged area.   Dental filling in the early stages can save a tooth and prevent more invasive treatment and tooth loss.  Untreated tooth decay causes serious problems that lead to a need for root canal treatment and a need for a dental crown to protect it.  Dental fillings repair and protect your teeth from further damage and improve the look and function of your smile.

Source: American Dental Association (ADA)

Post-Operative Instructions & Home Care

SENSITIVITY TO HOT & COLD
It is normal to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after getting fillings done. The sensitivity will subside and go away with time. Give the tooth some time to heal. If there is sensitivity, you can use SENSODYNE SENSITIVITY Toothpaste to decrease the sensitivity.

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AVOID: whitening toothpaste, acidic foods like Lemon, cherry, grapefruit.

SHARP PAIN WHEN BITING DOWN
Like going to a Tailor to get a new suit, the suit may need to be adjusted to be comfortable and perfect fit. When the tooth is still numb, you may not know if the bite feels high and is not a normal bite. If you experience pain when biting down, please give us a call so we can bring you back in to adjust the filling.

Frequently Asked Questions

Amalgam fillings (Silver fillings) are known for their strength & durability. With amalgam fillings, there is not a perfect seal between the tooth and the silver fillings, as a result, cavities form under the silver fillings.  Patients are also exposed to mercury when amalgam fillings are placed and when they are removed.

Composite fillings (tooth-colored fillings) do not place patients at risk of mercury because there is no mercury in composite fillings. With composite fillings, less tooth structure is removed. Composite fillings are popular because they mimic the look of natural teeth.  Composite fillings are recommended over amalgam fillings.  Composite fillings are better than amalgam fillings because they look like natural teeth, and they do not contain mercury toxin. 

Amalgam fillings known for their strength & durability can last between 10-15 years, while composite fillings can last about 5-10 years with good oral hygiene, routine dental check-ups & dental cleanings.

Advancement in dentistry has made getting dental fillings a pain-free process. Local anesthetics are used to ensure patient comfort and a painless dental experience.

Dental cavities are the decayed parts of the tooth that are removed by the dentist. After removing the decay, dental fillings are placed into the tooth. Dental fillings fix cavities by restoring the shape, appearance and function of the tooth.

In the very early stages of dental decay, high concentration of topical fluoride treatments & improved oral hygiene can heal the enamel and fix the cavity. But, once a cavity has progressed beyond the enamel, dental fillings are necessary to repair the tooth.

Dental fillings stop cavities from getting worse by sealing off bacteria from re-entering the tooth, thus preventing further decay.

Leaving cavities untreated, will allow the decay to progress into your nerve that will require root canal treatment to remove the bacterial infection. Like a leaking roof, the longer you wait the bigger the problem and the more expensive the solution. It’s best not to leave cavities untreated. Routine dental checkups allow for early detection of cavities to ensure they don’t turn into big problems.

If you don’t fill a cavity, it can progress into your nerve and cause tremendous amount of pain and infection. Like a leaking roof, the longer you wait the bigger the problem and the more expensive the solution.

No one can say with certainty how long it takes for a cavity to turn into a root canal because it depends on multiple factors that determine the rate of your tooth decay: 1) Types of Food you eat 2) Your oral hygiene 3) Your body’s healing ability. If you eat or drink lots of sugary foods/drinks, tooth decay will progress quicker into a root canal. If you have poor oral hygiene, more oral bacteria are present to turn a cavity into a root canal. If your body’s healing ability is poor, it will not be able to fight against the bacteria invading your tooth, this can turn a cavity into a root canal quickly. Good oral hygiene, Routine check-ups & dental cleaning help to prevent the need for a root canal.

Signs that indicate a cavity has reached the pulp are swelling, throbbing pain, sensitivity & pain to hot and cold, tooth abscess, pus exiting the gum. Dental X-rays are necessary to help confirm diagnosis of tooth infection. If you have a toothache, please see your dentist today.

Most dental fillings do not eventually need root canals. If the cavities were detected early enough, dental fillings are conservative and do not eventually result in a root canal. Good oral hygiene, routine dental checkups & cleaning can contribute to the longevity of your fillings and your overall dental health.

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Perfect Smile Dental Group in Whittier accepts most insurance plans. Aetna, AlwaysCare, Unum, Anthem, Ameritas, Blue shield of California, Cigna, Careington Care, Delta Dental, Geha, Guardian, Humana, Metlife, Principal, Sun Life, United Healthcare. See how simple and affordable better oral health can be!
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Emily Le
Emily Le
2024-02-14
I have been seeing Dr. Yang for quite a while now and I can tell he is very caring and professional. I just got my crown done and I'm very satisfied with my care. A definite 5-star experience!
Raymond D
Raymond D
2024-02-14
Visited Perfect Smile Dental recently and was completely impressed! The office was clean and welcoming. Dr. Yang was skillful and informative about what needed to be done with my teeth. Highly recommended!
Leslie Ortiz
Leslie Ortiz
2024-02-09
First time coming to a new location and I had a great experience. The staff was friendly and the doctor explained to me what needed to be done thoroughly. I was nervous at first but all my questions were answered. I got an appointment on the same day I called as well and I was pleased!
Saul Lopez
Saul Lopez
2024-02-09
Great Doctor and Assistants.. Customer Service 100%
maria H
maria H
2024-02-07
Went for the first time as a new patient with my husband & 3 yr old son The front desk staff was so sweet, Magdalena was her name(I’m like 70% sure that was her name) anyways she was so sweet. The dental assistant was also super sweet when i was taken to the back. I did let her know i was pregnant and couldn’t do x-rays and her and the doctor agreed no x-rays would be done. But neither of them made a big deal, like previous offices did. The doctor was super gentle, even though we couldn’t do x-rays he did take pictures with a small probe and showed me on a giant screen all the work that needed to be done. He was not pushy on getting all the dental work done at once, since i am pregnant and wants to wait until the baby is born. The doctor spent roughly around 30-40 minutes with me answering all my questions and did the cleaning as well. Overall super happy we found this office on yelp. My husband also had his apt and helped him with a care plan, payment plan, and cleaning. And they were extremely careful and gentle with my squirmy 3 year old. Overall amazing experience, like i said so happy i found this office. Also, wanted to mentioned the doctor made a comment that really caught my attention. He said “my office wouldn’t be what it is without my staff” shows how much he appreciates his employees.
Skylar Pharm
Skylar Pharm
2024-02-02
This is the best dentist in Whittier! My first impression is that the office is nice and very clean. It is a modern dental clinic, they have the latest technology. The staff is professional and friendly. They brought me in right away. Dr. Yang is very thorough and professional. He explains everything to me and answers all my questions. He also gives me advice on how to take better care of my teeth at home. I had a crown done. I absolutely love it. The crown looks very nice and natural. I got a lot of compliments from my friends. The appointments were painless, they made me feel comfortable. I was very impressed with the doctor and his staff. I’d definitely recommend this place. I had a great experience and will be back for my dental implant.
Jennifer Diaz
Jennifer Diaz
2024-02-01
This a great dental office. I am very happy I found them. They have a very clean facility and the whole staff is great. Everyone is very friendly. The dentist is very thorough and he explains everything. They have up to date technology. They are accommodating to scheduling as well. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a dentist.
Daughter OfChrist
Daughter OfChrist
2023-12-28
Highly recommend. Staff is professional, office is clean, technology is up to date , I really appreciated that the Assistant printed out and gave me a copy of my breakdown of insurance and fees due regarding dental work needed . The other dentist I had seemed very crowded and overbooked at my appointments. This dental appt. Was minimum wait, not alot of people in waiting room.
Ceylon Reynosa
Ceylon Reynosa
2023-12-27
My experience was great! Nurse was amazing and so was the dr. Very informative and great experience. I will be back
Chung Yang
Chung Yang
2023-12-25
I came in with a broken tooth and they saw me the same day. When I arrive at this office, they saw me right away! The dentist was very knowledgeable and he was good in telling me what needs to be done. I knew my teeth look shorter over time, but I didn’t even know I was grinding my teeth that was why my tooth broke. The staff was friendly and the office looks very nice and clean. I loved that they explained everything to me very clearly before they start work on my tooth. I highly recommend this dentist.
Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M.
2023-10-14
I have nothing but positive things to say about this dental clinic. They saw me as soon as possible when I broke my filling and tooth and wasted no time in getting me prepped and ready for a crown. Dr. Yang is amazing. I feel very comfortable with him and his staff. He always makes sure I'm alright and not in pain before proceeding with the next step and explains everything thoroughly. I'm very happy I found him and his clinic. I couldn't ask for a better team. I definitely recommend him. 10/10 best dentist!
Gilbert P.
Gilbert P.
2023-10-14
I cannot say enough good things about this office. Dr. Yen is a master of his craft, i have complete confidence in his ability. I hadn't had dental check in 15 plus years and he found all my problems. I will be returning to him to address them in the near future. The front desk cleric Magdalena (hope this is correct spelling) is very knowledgeable, she will guild you thru the process with ease. It never good news to be told you need dental work, but she makes it as easy as possible. I will update this after my dental work is done and fully recovered. Furthermore, they give you an easy-to-understand paperwork detailing everything just be sure to double check the back page. I know I'm forgetting something it will be in the next update.
Bernard D.
Bernard D.
2023-08-24
I developed a toothache right before my first vacation in 10 years. They were open on Saturday and took me in, took care of the problem and saved my vacation. They explain everything, take pictures and show you what's going on. There is a lot of attention to detail. Very personable and professional too. I recommend this place.
V 2.
V 2.
2023-06-08
Professional, friendly staff, extremely clean and well kept office. A friend of mine recommended this office to me. I'm a very picky person and they definitely met my high expectations. Highly recommended!
K R.
K R.
2023-06-08
Went to Perfect Smile for a teeth cleaning. They were very professional and friendly, and the office is very nice and clean. Will be going back!
Iris K.
Iris K.
2023-05-27
Dr. Yang and the staff are so nice and helpful. The office is very clean and organized. Dr. Yang is very thorough and explains exactly what the problem is and how to prevent/treat them. I love that they are not pushy with any treatments unlike other dental offices...Thank you so much for making my teeth healthy again!
Kimme P.
Kimme P.
2023-05-10
My mom saw Dr. Yang for an abscessed tooth and other significant dental issues that were causing her pain. Dr. Yang and his staff took such great care of my mom. The attentiveness and warmth they showed her made her feel so happy. She is so very happy with all the work that Dr. Yang has done. She cannot thank him enough and speaks very highly of him and his staff. Thank you, Dr. Yang and staff, for being so good to my mom. She appreciates it more than anything.
Skylar P.
Skylar P.
2023-04-09
Dr. Yang was very thorough in explaining my treatment to me. I never had any dentist in the past point out cavities on the x-rays. He took pictures of the cavities to show them to me. I was very impressed with the doctor and his staff. They were friendly, which made me feel comfortable during visit. I would recommend this dentist.
kevin l.
kevin l.
2022-12-24
I just had the best teeth cleaning service. The staffs and dentist are friendly and professional. I feel my teeth are very clean. Dr Yang took his time to educate me on how to properly floss my teeth. Very happy with their service, definitely will come again!
Claire L.
Claire L.
2022-12-19
Dr. Yang and his staff made me feel super comfortable and at home. He was gentle and explained everything. I feel comfortable and safe under his care. Highly recommend to anyone!