Out with the old, in with the new and improved!

Do you have fillings in your mouth that are so old, you feel like you were born with them? Have they become such a fixture in your mouth that you feel like these old, shiny buddies will keep doing their job for years? The truth, however, is that amalgam fillings have a limited lifetime and it’s best to replace them before that lifetime is up!

Silver or amalgam fillings were a great option once and they still play a part in dentistry in some situations. The problem is their strength – mercury amalgam fillings are doing almost too good a job. They are so strong and unmovable, they could actually be causing cracks to develop in your teeth. These cracks can be either above the gum line, below the gum line, or worse yet, extending deep into the root itself. The fixes for this run the gamut of a crown, a root canal, or in the case of a deep crack extending deep into your jaw bone, loss of your root and extraction of the tooth.

Best case scenario is that your old fillings haven’t yet cracked your teeth, but that doesn’t mean all is well. The rigid nature of a silver filling may be allowing gaps around your fillings, and one thing bacteria love are gaps and openings. What may appear to you as a filled tooth may actually be experiencing some serious issues unseen to you. Your tooth may be starting to decay under your old filling, something that can only be detected in a dental exam. Don’t assume that no pain means all is good. If your dentist at Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group is seeing issues with an old filling, don’t put off the fix! The sooner your tooth is properly protected, the better your overall dental health.

Introducing Your New Filling Material

Unlike rigid and not so attractive silver fillings, the staff at the Marconi Dental Group wants to introduce you to your mouth’s new best friend – composite resin fillings. Not only are composite fillings the same color as your tooth, they do a much better job of protecting your teeth year after year. They won’t contribute to cracked teeth, they form a much tighter bond with the enamel of your teeth, and they look natural and blend in with the rest of your smile. That means no more dark spots showing up in pictures when you smile your widest, no more concerns about hidden decay and no more worries about your perfectly healthy teeth developing cracks that require extensive dental work. If your dentist recommends replacing one or more of your old silver fillings, make an appointment right away to get the work done. Out with the old, in with the new will make you forget your even have fillings in your teeth. Fillings, what fillings?

 

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.