Tooth Colored Fillings—Now You See ‘em…

Metal Free FillingsFor those of you who feel a mouth full of silver or gold fillings is cosmetically appealing, you need not read any further. However, if you’re like me, and prefer your fillings to look like natural teeth, then I have good news for you.

Due to advances in dental technology, we can place tooth colored fillings in almost every tooth in the mouth. These synthetic porcelain-type fillings can be a real pleasant surprise; proving to be very strong as well as esthetically pleasing.

After decay is removed from a tooth or a fractured edge is rounded off, the filling is placed somewhat different from the traditional packing of silver into the tooth defect.

Specific solutions are first painted in layers on the part of the tooth to be restored. When the final layer is placed, a special light system with a high-intensity beam is focused on the filling material for about one minute. The energy of these special light waves physically changes the filling material into a rock-hard restorative.

We routinely use this filling material for front as well as back teeth, and (from the response we’ve been getting from our patients) they are definitely a big hit!

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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