When a tooth is compromised by decay, the decayed tooth structure is removed and a filling is used to restore the tooth back to its original shape and function.
What is a dental filling?
Once decay has taken hold in a tooth, it will continue to damage more and more of the tooth, becoming more painful until treated by a dentist. A filling repairs the damage caused by decay and stops any more bacteria from entering the tooth. Fillings can be made of a number of different materials and can be used to repair any tooth in the mouth.
Types of dental fillings
Composite fillings are a popular and natural-looking solution made of resin. Composite resin is soft and malleable so it can be shaped to fit the cavity. A blue light is then used on the composite to harden it. The finished result is very durable and is coloured to match natural teeth.
Amalgam fillings were the norm for many years but have fallen out of favour in recent years. Amalgam is a mix of metal alloys that are soft when being used to restore a cavity but harden once in place. Amalgam contains minute traces of mercury and this has turned many people away from the product. It’s also a dark colour that stands out in stark contrast to the surrounding tooth.
Gold fillings are a long-lasting and durable alternative but are rarely used these days. The cost of a gold filling is generally higher than a silver amalgam and the colour doesn’t match natural teeth.
Porcelain is used to make onlays and inlays – restorations that are used when a large amount of tooth structure has been removed. Onlays and inlays retain more natural tooth structure than a crown and will strengthen a weakened tooth. Modern technology has made it possible for these restorations to be manufactured in your dentist’s surgery.
What is the procedure of dental filling?
First and foremost, thanks to modern anaesthetics and the way they are administered, getting a filling is virtually painless.
Dr. Parducho will start by numbing the tooth and the area around it, and then removing any decay with either a drill, air abrasion unit or a laser. The objective is to leave as much sound, natural tooth structure as possible. The cavity will then be disinfected and dried before a filling material (usually composite resin) is put in place. Once the material has hardened, Dr. Parducho will shape it to look and feel just like a natural tooth.
Sometimes the pits and fissures in the back teeth are so deep that it’s impossible for the bristles of a toothbrush to keep the surface clean. This can make it a breeding ground for bacteria which can result in decay. The dentist may apply a dental sealant, commonly known as a fissure seal, to fill the pits and fissures and act as a barrier to plaque, bacteria and food debris.
How long does a filling last?
Fillings are situated in a warm, wet, bacteria-filled environment and are placed under constant stress and movement. Despite this, the average life of a filling is about 12 years. Sometimes things go wrong and a filling may crack, break or even fall out. However, with a regular oral hygiene regime, the life of a filling is substantial.
When a filling has just been placed, it’s advisable not to eat or drink until the anesthesia has worn off. This can take from one to three hours. Sensitivity to hot and cold drinks may occur for a few days after the procedure. Composite resin is completely cured by the time you leave the dental surgery. As soon as the anesthetic has worn, you are able to eat, chew and drink as normal.
If you experience any pain or the new filling simply doesn’t feel right, see your dentist immediately.
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Best dentist and dental office I’ve ever been to. I have a brain injury from having too many concussions as a boxer and college baseball pitcher. It is very difficult as well as terribly frustrating to be unable to concentrate or be organized. Both Dr. P. and her staff help me with a lot of things that are up, and above what their job duties would entail.
I’m extremely self conscious because I get confused at times and the Dr. and her staff are patient and let me relax a little with them. In a nutshell, not only is Dr. P. the smartest and skilled dentist I’ve ever seen, but the whole office staff have been kind, which means a great deal to me.
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I am very disappointed with this dental office. This office is inadequate. They will deceive you. I will not recommend them under any circumstances. I came into their office today first, Jessy their very unprofessional manager did not let me choose the filling that was priority. Jessy will lie to you regarding treatment that you obviously need and say that you don’t, completely unacceptable. Dr. Parducho then proceeds to fill my wisdom tooth that is set to be extracted and was not in the treatment plan to be filled. This action should never happen. They also tried to take X-ray’s every time I came in this shows carelessness to the patient’s health with the excessive use of radiation. This dental office is clearly corrupt. Speaking to dentist after procedure was denied for guilty reasons. I then asked for my treatment plan to be printed and given to me Jessy refused to do so. I being an honest professional in the dental field myself providing a treatment plan to our patients is a must. The dentist and all staff acted below the applicable standard of care.read more
Zero stars for the worst dental experience of my life. Jessy is probably the most disrespectful degrading dental assistant I've ever had to deal with. She made me wait for 1.5 hours in the lobby. I came on time to my appointment and two other people came after me, yet they were seen before me! When I asked why and it obviously seemed like she had some preference to those customers...and her reasoning was oh they were in pain...BS. Dr. Parducho is a great dentist yet it's unfortunate her front desk staff (the first person you contact at a dental office and sets the tone) is unprofessional and condescending. It's unfortunate I was looking forward to coming here because a coworker recommended them.
Do yourself a favor and find a dental office that will respect you and make you feel good after leaving the office.read more
The worst dental appointment ever. I was warned by another person while waiting in the lobby. They are very unprofessional and had none of my paperwork together so I waited for almost an hour before they took me. I scheduled an appointment for cleaning and all the dentist did was take x-rays and examine my teeth. Don't waste your time.read more
I loved Dr. Parducho gentle spirit and very authenticity. Highly skilled and knowledgeable professional . The interaction between the staff and patient care is Amazing!. I didn't feel like I was just another patient but a real person. Thank You! I left building smiling :)
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I got to know her . She likes cofee ☕
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5 out of 5 Stars!!!!
The fear from my dentistry past had caused me to neglect my dental health for too many years. You & Dr. P provided THE MOST comforting care before, during and after all the work that needed done. I couldn't be more grateful for your kindness, compassion, and work to get my mouth in its best health. And now- I'm happy to say, you've both given me the confidence & care to keep these teeth & gums a top priority!
Thank You for everythingread more
I love Beach Smile Dental!!! Dr. Parducho is wonderful. She is both skilled, kind and gentle. My young daughters actually enjoy going to the dentist because of Dr.Parducho and Jessy! Jessy, at the front desk, always greets us with a smile and is fantastic at dealing with my insurance company. I HIGHLY recommend BEACH SMILE DENTAL!read more
Just moved to town and looking for a good dentist for my daughter. Based on reviews I tried them. Both times they made an appointment and then were 30 minutes late. The second time they made an appointment for procedure that wasn’t covered by my insurance (and I have great insurance - this never happened at my old dentist) and then didn’t tell me until they handed me the bill. Needless to say there will not be a third time with them.read more
The Best dentist I've ever had!!!she did an amazing job fixing a damaged done by another dentist. After several bad experiences I was referred to this office by my roommate who just loves this dentist and her staff. Doctor went the extra mile to get me out of pain and to fix my broken tooth. They made me feel comfortable during all my visits and the wait was never long.
If you are looking for a new dentist with friendly staff, modern office and very clean then this is the place.read more
First i would like to thank Doc for taking care of my toothache and for sending me to the specialist and calling them to squeeze me in on the same afternoon to take care of my poor back tooth.
Doc, sorry to hear about the lost of your husband. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss.read more
i love this dentist, been going here for the past 8 years. Love the service. The staff are the nicest people you will ever meet, they treat you like family. By far the absolute BEST dentist in Redondo Beach.read more
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Dr Parducho and her dental group completely changed my life! She is the most gentle dentjst i have ever had. Every time i visited the office im greeted by friendly faces that call me by my first name. This is a personalized attention that makes me feel at ease and never have i felt rush during my visits. She is my dentist for life.read more
Love this office!!!
Have been coming here for nearly one year. Staff is friendly, office is very clean. Front desk Jessy explain al my benefits that my insurance covered and what treatment was needed. Making appointments was easy and they open on weekends too.
Dr Parducho was very soft spoken and great hands...didn't even feel the needle.
She is the best dentist in the South bay. Highly recommended.read more
Excellent personalized care. Very professional delivering the greatest results. Happy satisfied customer for 10 years.
Dr. Ursula Parducho is the best dentist in the South Bay.
I highly recommend her for all your dental needs.
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I have been going to beach smile dental for almost 3 years. I have a very good experience
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This dental practice offers the most pleasant experience with the state of art technology I highly recommend them. From the pleasent wecolme you receive at front desk followed by the most gentle dental work I have ever received. They really know how to care for their patients.
Dr. Parducho is an incredible talented dentist who completed three filling without me feeling any pain. What I really appreciate is that she took the time to show me what was happening. Highlighting the problem area and explained the procedure. She also educated me on the best way to care for my teethread more
Best dentist... Really friendly, modern office, pleasant atmosphere, excellent staff.
Dr Parducho diagnosed my grinding on the first visit!! I was with my previous dentist for years and he never told me about it.
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Dr. Parducho is the best dentist I have ever seen! She and her staff are very professional. The office is a very nice environment. The doctor puts me at ease. She explains what she is doing. Her manner has a soothing effect and makes me relax. The doctor's assistants are very attentive. The doctor and her assistants help put me at ease, which reduces my nervousness. I will definitely see Dr. Parducho for all my future dental needs.read more