A Metal Free Mouth

Amalgam FillingIs Yours to Choose!

The esthetic result is beyond compare: your teeth will look as fresh, white, and natural as when they first grew in.

Chewing puts incredible stresses on teeth. That’s why, in the past, filling cavities and restoring damaged teeth involved a tradeoff—usually between strength and good looks. You don’t have to be a dentist to know that gold or silver is not a natural component of teeth.

Today, you have a choice of metal free restoration options. The most dramatic is composite, or “white” fillings. They’re a mixture of resin and finely ground glasslike particles that are as strong if not stronger than amalgam (you know it as “silver”). We can now use these new composites virtually everywhere, from repairing a minor defect to restoring a decayed tooth.

Amalgam will continue to be an option, as it has been for more than a century. It’s durable, easy to use, and a cost-effective way of filling cavities. However, “silver” it is not. Dental amalgam is typically mercury mixed with tin, copper, silver and a trace of zinc. It’s not natural in appearance and, frankly, mercury isn’t something most of us would prefer in our bodies “24/7”. But it’s a better way to go than tooth extraction and, ultimately, dentures.

When you make an appointment we’ll be glad to discuss the exciting new options you can choose from today.

About Yuri Kaneda, DDS

Dr. Yuri Kaneda was born in Japan and immigrated to the US when she was 4 years old with her family. She lived in Ohio, Nebraska, and Illinois before finally settling in the San Diego area. A graduate of Bonita Vista High School, she went on to the University of California Berkeley where she obtained her Bachelors in Microbiology and Immunology. After working for 2 years in growth plate research at University of California San Diego, she went to the University of California San Francisco Dental School for her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Upon graduation, she returned to San Diego where she worked as an associate in the practice of Drs. Morimoto and Yaryan, her childhood dentist. She then started her own practice in 1995 and has been at her present location since 1999 which happens to be across the street from her high school!

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