Composite Filling in Miami
Our clinic offers you the Composite Filling service in Miami. The composite dental filling is one of the most widely used treatments in the dental tradition around the world, and therefore enjoys the prestige of long experience, more than proven efficacy, and much published medical and research literature.
Compared with other dental procedures, the composite dental filling is not complex or expensive, in addition to achieving good aesthetics thanks to its color so similar to that of natural teeth. All this determines that the composite dental filling is a good option for many patients.
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What is a composite filling?
Composite dental fillings are a reconstructive dentistry treatment. It is applied in cases of teeth partially affected by breakage, cracks, or cavities. The treatment consists of removing the damaged part of the tooth and then filling and repairing it using composite. This procedure may involve greater or lesser complexity depending on the location of the tooth in the mouth, depending on the degree of conservation of the piece, as well as depending on whether secondary procedures such as root canal treatment are required. The level of complexity of the composite dental filling treatment will determine its price, as we will see later in this article.
From a functional point of view, this treatment seeks to restore functionality to the tooth, while from an aesthetic point of view, it is desirable that the color of the composite emulates the natural tone of the teeth as much as possible, and that it remains that way for as long as possible. possible. This is equivalent to saying that the aesthetic success of composite dental filling treatment is based on people not noticing that the tooth is filled with composite. Aesthetics are important in any dental procedure, as smiling and speaking naturally are often of the utmost importance to the patient. However, the priority is always to try not to have to extract the tooth but to restore it. Currently, dental science has many materials available that allow successful restoration of the tooth without having to extract it.
ABOUT OUR DOCTOR
Dr. Helen Carmenate
Dr. Carmenate attended Ibero-American University in the Dominican Republic, graduating with an Undergraduate Degree in Dentistry before moving to Miami to complete her General Practice Residency at Florida Institute for Advanced Dental Education (FLIADE).
She specializes in smile design, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.
In which cases is the composite dental filling applied?
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Teeth affected by caries, especially in cases of relatively large or deep cavities, leaving a considerable hole in the tooth, but not cavities that have caused pulpitis that require devitalization or total emptying of the tooth (endodontics).
- Teeth that have been worn down by normal use or for some special reason.
- Teeth that have been fractured or broken due to a blow or trauma.
- Too large spaces between two teeth, it indicates a bad occlusion or bite, and if not corrected, it can lead to other types of dental problems.
- Teeth that require correction or preparation because they are neighbors and have some secondary function within any other dental treatment, such as dental bridges or dental implants.
Opting for a composite dental filling treatment can also be considered an investment. Stopping the progression of a cavity through a treatment that is not as expensive as a dental filling with composite, can determine that in the future you do not have to resort to more expensive or more drastic dental procedures, such as reconstructions or ducts, dental implants , dental crowns, dental veneers , or even the permanent extraction of the tooth if it can no longer be saved because the decay managed to destroy it.
Prices of the composite dental filling service
composite dental filling treatment is not considered one of the most expensive. Here we will give an approximate and basic cost. In reality, the cost of treatment can vary depending on factors that we will see in a later section. composite dental filling service in Miami is usually priced from $150 to $450 for each tooth to be treated. On the other hand, the range or average price of dental filling treatment in the United States (without the patient being covered by any dental insurance) is usually between $200 and $600 . This indicates that the cost of this treatment in Miami is a little cheaper, as is often the case with many dental treatments.
However, the figures just given for the entire United States are just an average. The minimums and maximums can vary greatly from place to place. There are states or areas where a composite dental filling treatment can cost $100 , while there are others where the same composite dental filling treatment can cost between $3,000 and $4,000 .
Of course, as we will see in detail later, the price of dental fillings is strongly determined by the material used to fill them. For example, the cheapest type of dental filling is composite, while the most expensive is porcelain, because it is more detailed and resembles the placement of a dental veneer only on the top of the tooth. In a later section dedicated to dental filling materials, we will detail each price in more detail.
Table of prices and characteristics of the dental filling of composite and other materials
CHARACTERISTICS AND PRICES OF COMPOSITE DENTAL FILLINGS AND OTHER MATERIALS
From $150 to $200 for each tooth.
From $50 to $200 for each tooth.
From $300 to $500 for each tooth.
From $300 to $4,000 for each tooth.
Very economical and similar in color to teeth.
Strong and durable.
Strong and durable.
Very strong and durable, and the color of their teeth.
It is not considered very aesthetic, and can create cracks in the teeth.
Its color stands out between the teeth and is noticeable from the outside.
It is the most expensive of the fillings, and its procedure is longer and more detailed.
It is made at the time of application from a combination of composites.
It is known as silver amalgam and is made from an alloy of silver, copper, tin, etc.
It is made from gold, with copper or tin alloys.
It is made with ceramic from personalized impressions of the patient’s teeth.
It is not long lasting.
It has high durability.
It has high durability.
It has exceptional durability.
Its color is very similar to that of natural teeth.
Its silver color is not considered as aesthetic.
Its golden color is aesthetic for some but not for others.
Its color is almost identical to that of natural teeth.
Factors that can determine the price
As with any other dental treatment, the cost of the composite dental filling service can be determined by various factors related to the procedure itself or to other issues. In addition to, of course, the number of teeth to be filled, some other factors that determine the price of composite dental filling treatment are as follows.
The variation in the price of a composite dental filling depending on the location of the tooth to be treated is based on the fact that all teeth are made up of several types of teeth. From this point of view, there are 3 types of teeth:
- Single-rooted teeth: As the name suggests, these are the teeth that have only one root, which are the incisors, the canines, and the premolars (except the first premolar).
- Biradicular teeth: These are the teeth that have two roots, which are the upper first premolars and the lower molars.
- Multirooted teeth: These are teeth that usually have 3 roots. It’s just the upper molars.
The more roots, the more volume the tooth usually has and the deeper its location inside the mouth. This makes it more expensive to place fillings on larger, deeper, and more rooted teeth. In addition, it must be added that the upper teeth are usually more difficult to access than the lower ones.
To determine the cost of a composite dental filling procedure, you also have to consider the size of the cavity. The size, that is, the degree of cavity development, determines the complexity of the procedure and the amount of composite composite or composite to be used to fill the hole in the tooth. Very advanced cavities may fall outside the scope of composite dental filling treatment, requiring more complex procedures.
Cavities usually start as small damage to the tooth’s enamel. But if not discovered or treated early enough, decay (being the result of an infection and based on bacteria) can continue to progress and reach the dentin. Dentin is the dental layer that is under the enamel, and it is the one that really gives color to the tooth, since the enamel has no color. Cavities can go further and affect the pulp of the tooth, and if it infects the root or roots of the tooth, the infection will reach the gums and cause periodontitis. If cavities are not taken care of even at this level, entire teeth can be lost from the root.
The price of a dental filling can vary quite a bit depending on the stage of decay development. A superficial cavity, which will be filled with a small composite dental filling, is not the same as a cavity that has seriously damaged the enamel and, because of that, has even reached the dentin. In fact, if the cavity penetrates and manages to infect the dental pulp, the dentist may assess whether a simple composite dental filling does not solve the case. If so, the remedy is endodontic, which consists of partially or totally emptying the pulp of the tooth and filling it completely with composite. The procedure may have to be completed by placing a dental crown.
Beneath the enamel and dentin is the dental pulp. The dental pulp reaches the jaw bone. Its function is to provide blood and sensitivity to the teeth. When the cavity is advanced, the pulp can be affected. In cases where decay affects the dental pulp and creates infection, root canal treatment is used. Root canal treatment is a more drastic dental treatment than placing a dental filling, although both treatments are similar. The goal of root canal treatment is to save a tooth by removing dead or decaying nerve tissue and bacteria from inside the tooth. composite dental filling treatment is more expensive if you need to combine it with root canal treatment.
The procedure of removing a cavity and placing a composite dental filling is normally performed under local anesthesia, like many other dental treatments. This works for most patients. However, if the patient has a dental phobia or is very nervous about medical procedures, sedation can be chosen. This helps a lot in some cases. If sedation is used, this increases the cost of treatment.
In this article, we are basically talking about composite dental fillings. However, it goes without saying that there are other types of dental fillings since the material used for fillings completely determines the price of the treatment. In addition to the composite dental filling, there are several other types of dental fillings. Let’s look at the features of the most used ones, going from the least expensive to the most expensive:
- Composite composite dental filling: It is made from a combination of composites, which gives it the name “composite composite” or “composite filling.” It is usually the least expensive type of dental filling, while it is the one with the most aesthetic finish because it acquires the same color as the tooth, or as close as possible to the natural one. Only the porcelain filling beats him in that. The price of a composite composite dental filling is usually $150 to $200 per tooth , although you can find prices that go down a bit if the procedure is done on more teeth at once. Its low cost is mainly due to the fact that the composite dental filling does not last as long as other filling materials.
- Metal dental filling: It is also known by the name of “silver” or “silver amalgam filling.” It is usually made from an alloy of silver, copper, tin, etc. The result is not considered as aesthetic as that of the composite filling, but it has the advantage of being more durable. In addition to the finish, which is unlike the natural color of the teeth, its main disadvantage is that this material can expand and create cracks in the teeth. Its cost is often the same as a composite composite filling, although there are places where a metal filling may be the most economical option. In these cases, your cost can be $50 to $100 per tooth , or even cheaper for multiple teeth.
- Gold dental filling: This type of filling is very similar to the metal ones that we saw in the previous point, only in this case gold is used, to which copper or other metals are added. This means great durability in the filling but also a higher cost. In addition to being the most expensive type of dental filling, in addition to having an unnatural color, it is often a rare option for patients seeking an aesthetic result relative to their natural tooth color. Its cost, although higher, is sometimes not as high as the type of filling that we will see in the next point. The cost of gold dental fillings is usually between $300 and $500 per tooth , and slightly lower prices can be found if multiple teeth are to be filled in a single procedure.
- Porcelain dental filling (inlay): This is the most expensive type of dental filling, since the procedure to make and place it is similar to that of dental veneers. This type of filling is not applied in a semi-solid state but is totally solid, like a porcelain veneer on the upper area of the tooth. Personalized impressions of the teeth to be treated are taken, sent to the laboratory, and there the ceramic fillings are made, which will then be placed as inlays. This type of filling is highly durable and aesthetically nearly identical to natural teeth, but the procedure is longer, more detailed, and more complex. Their cost, depending on the state, may be the same as gold fillings, or may be higher. In these cases, the price will range between $300 and $4,000 for each tooth .
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Frequently asked questions
Since it is not a root canal procedure, the placement of a composite dental implant does not require devitalization of the tooth (or at least it does not require total devitalization). Devitalization is called the removal of the dental pulp (blood vessels and nerves) in cases where the level of infection so dictates. However, in the case of a composite dental filling, every effort will be made to preserve the health and integrity of the affected tooth.
The dentist will have to drill, mill, or file the damaged part of the tooth to prevent the decay from spreading to the root. This is what will create a hole that will later be filled with composite, so that the patient can smile normally, in addition to providing resistance, durability, and naturalness to the chewing and speaking processes that may have been affected by the dental problem.
Composite or composite composite fillings are usually placed in a single visit. It is rarely so. Both the tooth to be treated and its surroundings are numbed with a local anesthetic, making it a painless procedure. For greater care, in case the cavities have affected the nerve, a special medicine is applied. With the tooth completely anesthetized, the dentist proceeds to remove all the cavities, whatever their stage of development (superficial enamel cavities, middle or dentin cavities, deep cavities that have affected the pulp, etc.)
Once the decay is completely removed, the interior space of the tooth is prepared by a good cleaning. Next, the composite is inserted into the space left by the cavity. Composite composite currently comes from the factory in containers that facilitate its application and speed up treatment. This repair seeks to restore both functionality and aesthetics. The composites will be chosen in the closest possible color to that of the patient’s teeth. Likewise, the dentist will put all his expertise into practice to give the composite a form that looks natural on the tooth before it dries. Finally, the tooth with composite is polished so that it acquires a shine very similar to the natural one.
We reiterate that it is a painless procedure. However, it is normal that when the effect of anesthesia wears off, you may experience some discomfort, such as dental sensitivity to heat and cold. This sensitivity (which is not normal for teeth) will decrease as the tooth adjusts to its new composite filling. Surely, the dentist will give instructions and advice to the patient regarding the way of eating, the types of food, the hygiene to follow, and some necessary visits to the dental clinic, which will allow optimal conservation of the composite dental filling.