About Tooth-Colored fillings
Dental cavities are a common problem that develop when bacteria erodes your enamel. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a mixture of different metals, such as mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings don't bond well with the enamel, and the mercury is hazardous to your health. At Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. in Orange, CA, general dentist Dr. Patrick Yoshikane uses tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. Dr. Yoshikane can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and more attractive treatment of cavities.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Reviews
"I've had a really hard time finding a good, reliable dentist. On the recommendation of a work colleague I went to Dr. Yoshikane and his team. I'm so SO happy I did. From the minute I talked to wonderful Blancha (I hope I spelled it right Blancha!) on the phone I knew it was going to be a great place. I chipped a tooth and was kinda freaking out about it but Blancha scheduled me almost immediately for X-Rays to see what was wrong. Dr. Yoshikane himself is just fantastic. So personable and explains every procedure he's doing. Angel, Shirley and Cherry were also wonderful! This office also adds little touches that makes you feel like they really value your custom, things like a coffee or tea when you leave or a lip balm if your lips are chapped during a procedure. Honestly I'm so happy, I can't recommend it enough. I just hope not tooooo many people go here so they still have space for me ;)"- F.M. / Yelp / Jul 15, 2018
"Well it has been less than 24 hours since I had my dental procedure, I would have probably waited a week before writing this review but my recovery has been excellent so I can review my treatment and experience with Dr Yoshikane and his team right away. I called Dr Yoshikane's office in early January and got some estimated prices for extracting the remaining 3 of my wisdom teeth. Leslie, Maria, and Blanca were all very professional and seem like the ideal people you would want to see working at a dental office. When I went in for my X-rays and CT scan. Dr. insisted there was a few other concerns he had regarding Tooth number 2, 3, and 31. I agreed because they have had work on them before( root canals and several fillings on the other). Maria set up the total estimate of the work I needed. I couldn't afford doing all the work so I left out tooth#31. They scheduled my surgery for a Saturday morning because I told them I can't get days off during the week. That was great, because it leaves me with ample recovery time before Monday comes around. Big procedure in my opinion, total cost was approximately $7600. That included xrays, CT scan, 3 wisdom extractions( 1 impacted), 1 root canal redone, 1 deep cavity, 2 crowns, and I also opted for Platelet Rich Fibrin for the empty spaces after extracting my wisdom teeth. If you haven't heard of Platelet Rich Fibrin, its similar to bone grafting but a bit more advanced and not too many Dentist have this technology on site(helps recovery time, regenerate tissue, and support jaw structure). Yes it is expensive but the fact that I have recovered in less than 24 hours is amazing. The procedure went very smooth, I was told I should be escorted there because I had to take medication the night before. But I was totally fine so I took myself an Uber. They sedated me with some more meds and began the work. I woke up sometime in the middle of the procedure, there were two wisdom teeth left to be extracted at that point. I was a bit sedated so I asked a few silly questions about if they were putting in the PRF or not. Then I fell back asleep for a bit. Woke up, didn't feel bothered or in pain at all. 4 and a half hour operation and I cant complain how well it went. Buddy picked me up and dropped me off at home where I drank some Naked Juice and Clam chowder, fell back asleep for about 4 hours and when I woke up I felt like eating KFC, drove myself there and picked up mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, cole slaw, and some chicken but I had to be careful eating the chicken. I haven't even been taking the pain killers that were prescribed. I am not in pain AT ALL. You know what that means right? The Dr. Yoshikane is a pro. I will be going back to their office day after tomorrow to get my post surgery follow up done and get my crown measurements. All in all, the procedure went WAY better than I thought it would, Conscious Sedation is actually awesome compared to getting completely knocked out. FYI, there is a risk of Nerve damage when removing your lower wisdom teeth, I was a little worried about that yesterday because even at midnight my tongue, cheeks, and lips were still numb. But when I woke up this morning, it was gone! All things considered, I give Dr. Yoshikane, his staff, and practice a very high rating. Quality and service is above average, cost is a little high but you get what you pay for. You WILL NOT find this kind of quality and service at most dental offices. PS: Shout out to the nurse who helped Dr Yoshikane during my procedure. I didn't catch your name but you were great!"- C.P. / Yelp / Feb 10, 2019
Composite resin tooth colored fillings are a useful material that may be used to treat problems with your teeth, such as areas of decay, chips or enamel that has been worn down by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with your teeth, tooth-colored fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a great appearance. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Yoshikane about getting them taken out and replaced with composite resin.
What To Expect
Receiving a filling at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. is typically an easy process. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered for any fears or dental anxieties to keep you relaxed. Once you're ready, the decayed enamel can be removed using a unique dental drill that Dr. Yoshikane will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. Once the enamel is removed and the area is disinfected, the previously drilled out space will be replaced with the composite material and set with a special light. Dr. Yoshikane will smooth the filling so it matches your other teeth.
You will be able to resume your day once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot foods and beverages for a few days. You can use nonprescription pain relief medication to address any discomfort; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your filling seems too high or uneven, please call us. Your filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine, including daily flossing and brushing.
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that are typically covered, at least in part, by insurance. A team member will speak with your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your personal cost. If you don't have dental insurance, Dr. Yoshikane will go over the payment methods we accept at your appointment, plus information on medical financing.
seek a Seamless smile
Dental cavities may begin as a common problem, but it is crucial to have them treated before they develop into a larger problem. At Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. in Orange, CA, small areas of tooth decay may be treated with tooth-colored fillings. Dr. Yoshikane makes sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a seamless, healthy smile. If you think you have tooth decay, contact us to schedule a dental exam with Dr. Yoshikane.