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Santa Maria Dental Fillings

Give your kids a positive experience combating tooth decay

Preventive & restorative pediatric dental services

General anesthesia and minimally invasive cavity treatment

Spanish speaking pediatric dentist & staff

We accept Denti-Cal!

Now your children will want to go to the dentist

Getting a cavity is a dental problem that over 90% of kids will experience at some point. Even with baby teeth, an untreated cavity can result in health complications for your child. The good news is that there is a quick and easy solution for cavities: dental fillings.

Dental fillings work by removing tooth decay from the affected tooth and replacing it with a biocompatible dental material. Different fillings could work for your child, depending on their dental situation. Rest assured that at Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Pedersen will guide you through your options and ensure your child gets the best treatment.

We want to help your children treat tooth decay while making their visit fun and positive. They’ll look forward to coming back to the dentist!

Benefits of working with Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry for your child’s dental fillings

  • Our staff is specially trained to work with children from all educational and developmental backgrounds.
  • We offer general anesthesia to ensure your child can undergo the treatment they need with less stress and discomfort.
  • We offer most treatments right here in our office, so your child will always work with a familiar dental team.
  • We accept Deni-Cal and many other payment and financing options to ensure you can afford your child’s care.

Is restorative care covered by insurance?

While every insurance policy is different, most insurance plans cover at least a portion of restorative dentistry treatments. Contact us for full details of your coverage.

Hear from our patients


A really amazing experience! Dr. Pederson was so nice and welcoming. I am definitely excited to bring my kids back here in 6 months! Thank you Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry!

– Jasmine V.

What kind of dental filling does your child need?

At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we’re committed to helping you make the best choice for your kid’s health and smile. Because of this, we’ll assess your child’s tooth and recommend a dental filling that suits their specific situation.

Composite Fillings

These are our first choice, especially while repairing small cavities. Composite fillings are strong and with proper care they can last for many years.

Some advantages they have over traditional amalgam (silver) fillings are:


  1. Match your child’s natural teeth color and look great
  2. Require the removal of a minimal amount of healthy tooth structure

Dental fillings FAQs

How do I know If my child has cavities?

Tooth decay may appear as pain or sensitivity around the affected area, if your child is in pain this may be an alert of a cavity. When these symptoms appear, a cavity diagnosis by your child’s dentist is required.

How long do dental fillings last?

Our dental fillings will last about three to ten years or longer.

Can I be with my child during their appointment?

Of course! For most treatments, you can be present for the examination and treatment. You know your child best and will be able to help them feel most comfortable.

When is a dental filling recommended?

For very small cavities, we may simply recommend a wait-and-see approach. If the cavity is large and painful, or is located in a hard-to-reach area, a filling will be recommended.

Do dental fillings hurt?

Our team will ensure your child is comfortable during the entire procedure. We’ll administer numbing medication to ensure their comfort.

Denti-Cal & most insurance accepted

We are in network with most PPO dental insurances, and are the only local pediatric dental specialist accepting Denti-Cal. Not sure if your specific plan is accepted? Contact us today for a complimentary benefits check.

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No insurance? We’ve got you covered.

We offer an in-house discount plan and payment plans to help you afford care.

Our in-house discount plan includes:


  • 2 comprehensive exams and cleanings per year, including any needed x-rays
  • Discounts on any needed treatment

All Families Welcome

At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we’re proud to offer a comfortable dentistry experience to all families in our community.

We offer a full range of restorative and preventive services in a comforting and encouraging environment. At your child’s appointment, we’ll provide an update on their oral health and fill you in on any recommended treatments, including dental fillings.

You can trust Dr. Pedersen to provide a comfortable and encouraging oral health experience.

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Our Office

1414 S Miller St Suite J
Santa Maria, CA 93454

Get Directions

Call (805) 922-9626


Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4pm

Friday: 8am - 12pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Now Welcoming New Patients