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Adam Vaghari, DDS

Dental Fillings in Laguna Beach, CA - Dr. Adam

Affordable tooth fillings and restorations in Laguna Beach from Dr. Adam Vaghari.

What Are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings refer to the process of filling up a hole in a tooth caused by decay from sugary acids, known as a cavity, with materials such as gold, glass, acrylic and ceramics to restore dental health and function. As the recommended restoration treatment for small cavities, it’s a good idea to visit your local dental practice for a dental filling if you experience sensitivity or have dark spots on your teeth.

At Laguna Beach Dentist, Dr. Vaghari follows a standard procedure for filling treatments that starts with numbing affected areas and ends with polishing your teeth to ensure a visually pleasing appearance. Additionally, because dental treatments can be nerve-racking, we strive to create a positive and relaxed environment so you can enjoy the benefits of dental fillings without the stress.

Causes of Tooth Decay and the Need for Dental Fillings

Tooth decay stems from plaque bacteria consuming carbohydrates and producing acid that demineralizes enamel. It is typically a result of frequently snacking on food and drinks high in sugar, creating repeated acid formation that causes mineral loss and cavities. Fillings, however, halt progression by removing decay and replacing lost tooth structure.

Signs You Need Dental Filling

There are many reasons you might need to get a dental filling. Here are some of the top symptoms that indicate you may need to seek a dental filling from your dentist:
  • Tooth sensitivity and pain
  • Flossing string tears
  • Damage to a previous filling
  • A chipped tooth
  • Food stuck between teeth
  • Dark spots (white spots after mineral loss is an early sign of decay)

Dental Fillings Services Offered by Laguna Beach Dentist

At Laguna Beach, Dr. Adam Vaghari and team are happy to provide several types of dental fillings.

Tooth-Colored Composites

Material: Acrylic resin reinforced with powdered glass quartz

  • Aesthetics: Tooth-colored composites have a natural appearance.
  • Bonding: Tooth-colored composites are bonded to teeth in such a way that they provide extra support.
  • Versatility: Composite fillings can be used to repair chipped, broken, and worn teeth, as well as cavities.
  • Protective: Typically, less tooth structure needs to be removed than with metal fillings.
  • Low Cost: Composite fillings are usually the least expensive restorative option.


  • Low Durability: Tooth-colored composite fillings last a minimum of five years, whereas ceramic fillings last anywhere from 10 to 15 or more.
  • Chipping: As a result of their low durability, tooth-colored composite fillings are more prone to chipping and superficial damage.

Ceramic Fillings

Material: Ceramic


  • Durability: Ceramic fillings generally last over 15 years.
  • Stain Resistant: Ceramic fillings are more resistant to staining than other types of fillings, making them visually pleasing for a longer period of time.


  • High Cost: Ceramic fillings cost more than composite fillings, often just as much as gold fillings.
  • Longer Procedure: It takes an average 1-2 weeks extra to fabricate ceramic fillings than composite fillings.

Glass Ionomer Fillings

Material: Acrylic and glass


  • Fit for Children: Glass ionomer fillings are often used for gumline fillings and for children.
  • Protective: Glass ionomer fillings release fluoride, which helps to continuously protect teeth from further decay.


  • Low Durability: Glass ionomer fillers tend to be weaker than composites.
  • Fracture Prone: Glass ionomer fillers are prone to wear and tear like fractures and chips.

Laguna Beach Dentist Procedure of Dental Fillings

Dr. Vaghari follows a standardized process when placing fillings:

  • Apply Local Anesthetic: Anesthetize the decaying area to keep you comfortable.
  • Remove Decay: Remove all decayed material from the cavity.
  • Clear Residue: Ensure no residue remains that could cause future decay.
  • Add Base Layer: Place a base layer filling if needed to prevent sensitivity.
  • Fill Cavity: Fill the prepared cavity, sculpting your ideal bite.
  • Finishing: Polish for smooth contours and natural aesthetics.
  • Evaluate Bite: Check that your bite feels normal post-procedure.

How We Address Challenges with Dental Fillings at Laguna Beach Dentist?

At our dental clinic in Laguna Beach, we’re well-equipped to handle the challenges that can arise during and after dental fillings, and we implement effective measures to address these issues.

Anxiety Management

Dental anxiety is a common concern for many patients. At Laguna Beach Dentistry, we offer nitrous oxide (NO2), also known as “laughing gas,” to alleviate anxiety. This safe and effective sedative agent is inhaled through a mask, helping you relax before and during the procedure.

Managing Tooth Sensitivity and Pain

We use local anesthesia to keep patients pain-free during filling placement. For post-op sensitivity, we recommend desensitizing toothpaste and temporarily avoiding very hot or cold foods. Call us if sensitivity persists so we can identify the cause.

Addressing Filling Allergies

Some patients may have allergies to specific filling materials like silver amalgam, which contains mercury. In such cases, we conduct a thorough allergy test prior to the procedure. Based on the results, we recommend alternative filling materials like composite resin or porcelain that are hypoallergenic.

Monitoring Deteriorating Fillings

Over time, dental fillings can deteriorate, leading to potential issues like further tooth decay or even tooth loss. We offer regular check-ups to monitor the state of your fillings. If we find that a filling is deteriorating, we act promptly to repair or replace it, ensuring that you avoid further dental complications.. This safe and effective sedative agent is inhaled through a mask, helping you relax before and during the procedure.

Benefits of Dental Fillings

There are numerous benefits to dental fillings. Here are just a few:

  • Stops Cavity Growth: Fillings prevent decay from spreading by removing bacteria-harboring enamel loss and sealing the tooth. Regular dental visits allow early detection and intervention, maintaining positive oral health.
  • Strengthens Fractured Teeth: Fillings reinforce weakened tooth structure prone to cracking or chipping from trauma. Bonded materials strengthen the entire tooth.
  • Improving Tooth Color: Tooth-colored resin materials restore a natural aesthetic versus unsightly metal amalgam fillings. A bright white smile boosts confidence while encouraging patients to protect their oral health.

Why Choose Adam Vaghari Dentistry for Dental Fillings in Laguna Beach?

Selecting Adam Vaghari Dentistry for your dental fillings in Laguna Beach offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Expertise and Experience: With advanced restorative training and decades of filling placements, Dr. Vaghari expertly detects issues and selects optimal materials.
  • State-of-the-Art Technology: We utilize modern dental technology, including digital x-rays and digital scanners to minimize the size of restorations and decrease discomfort, enhancing the dental filling process in Laguna Beach.
  • Amenities: Our office provides a comfortable and relaxing environment with a warm waiting room to ease your anxieties.

Cost and Payment Options For Dental Fillings

Understanding the financial aspect of dental fillings is essential for making an informed decision. At Adam Vaghari Dentistry, we aim to provide affordable dental care without compromising on quality.

Factors Affecting Cost

Cost of dental fillings may vary depending on the material you require and scale of decay. Aftercare treatment may incur an additional fee.

Payment Methods Accepted

We accepted all major payment processors including Mastercard and Visa.

Note on Insurance

Please check if dental care is covered by your insurance provider.

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How long do cavity fillings take?

Appointment times vary depending on the cavity’s size and location. Simple fillings may take 30 minutes, while more involved multi-surface fillings can take 60-90 minutes. We’ll provide a more accurate time estimate at your consultation.

Can I brush my teeth after a filling?

Gentle brushing with a soft toothbrush using a fluoride toothpaste is fine in the first24 hours, but be aware that the tooth and gingiva may be sensitive/sore from the procedure itself. This sensitivity and soreness usually resolves within a few days following treatment.

How much does a dental filling cost?

Our filling costs vary depending on the size, location, and material used. Back teeth are simplest, while front teeth are more complex, leading to higher costs. Call us to get an exact quote, tailored to your specific filling needs.