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Amalgam to Composite

While there are no verified health reasons to remove all the amalgam fillings from your teeth, no matter what the internet says, replacement of failing silver fillings or doing a bonded filling for new decay, or just replacing old silver fillings because you’d prefer something tooth-colored, still has the distinct advantage of using a material that is truly bonded to tooth and thus preserves, or restores, some of the strength of the original tooth.

There are limitations to the size of filling subject to biting forces that should be considered when selecting whether to use a bonded composite, particularly in molar teeth, but used appropriately this is a great and conservative option. Patients like the nearly invisible nature of the filling in their tooth, and dentists like the bonded strength that this process entails.

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      Good News!  Per updated guidelines from the ADA, CDA, California DPH and Dr Maggie Park, Director of San Joaquin County Dept of Public Health, we are now able to resume elective dental care, and we anticipate starting elective care appointments on June 8th.  It’s been a long 2 and a half months for all of you and all of us.  The updated and quite specific  guidelines will keep everyone safe while we get back to caring for people.  We will ask Covid-related questions before your appointment,  we will meter and separate patients in the office,  and we will ask you to wear masks or other face coverings when entering and leaving.   
       A lot will be different, but one thing will clearly be the same: Our entire team’s commitment to be considerate of your needs, careful in your care, and detail-minded when protecting you from infections.  Dental offices have always been concerned and proactive in protecting patients and staff from pathogens that have always been around.  Rest assured, you are safe in our office because we are, down to a person, committed infection-control fanatics.  We look forward to seeing you soon.