If you’ve never had a cavity in your life – congratulations! Great teeth, great oral hygiene and great nutritional choices have gotten you a very long way. If, though, you find yourself experiencing your first cavity of all time, it can make you feel a little nervous!

First Time Nerves

Getting your first filling is nothing to feel scared about. In fact, hundreds of people get fillings in our office each year. Fillings are necessary to treat areas of decayed tooth enamel so that it does not spread or compromise the integrity of the entire tooth. When we catch the cavity early, your filling will be smaller with minimal impact on the rest of your tooth.

Getting Numb

You may be worried about discomfort during your filling. Don’t worry! We will thoroughly numb the tooth being worked on so that you do not experience any discomfort or sensitivity. Some fillings may be so small that we do not have to numb the tooth at all. Before injecting any anesthesia, we will place a numbing gel over your tissues that will make the area feel numb before the actual shot. Your comfort is our first priority!

Prepping the Tooth

Tooth colored fillings require less tooth preparation than larger silver fillings. The preparation process involves removing the damaged portion of enamel, as well as a thin layer of tooth surface around it. You may hear some high-pitched noises for a few minutes, so feel free to bring along your headphones if you want to tune it out or distract yourself.

Placing the Filling

Every composite filling is custom matched to the natural shade of your tooth enamel. Teeth come in dozens of shades – and sometimes even multiple shades appear on each tooth! We use a shade guide to determine exactly which color of composite is appropriate.

As the composite material is applied to your tooth, we form it carefully to recreate your original tooth shape. Once shaping is complete, a bright light is applied to the material for several seconds. The light triggers the curing process, hardening the filling in place permanently. Then we will check your bite and make adjustments as needed so that everything feels right when you bite down.

Recovery

After your filling, you can expect to feel numb for a few hours until the local anesthesia wears off. Be careful not to accidentally chew on your lips or tongue. Avoid eating or drinking hot liquids, as you may not have complete feeling in your mouth or lips.

If your feeling is large, you may experience some minor hypersensitivity to temperature changes. Give it some time, as the nerve of your tooth will need to respond to the changes that were made in the enamel structure. Using a sensitivity toothpaste can help.

Keep your filling small by scheduling check-ups every 6 months at Marconi Dental Group in Carmichael. Even if you’ve not been to the dentist in years, we are here to get your smile back in tiptop shape again!

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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.