Replace your silver fillings with white.

Silver fillings (amalgams) are more than just ugly.

The single most requested cosmetic service at Del Mar Family Dentistry is to remove silver mercury fillings (amalgam).

While the American Dental Association says that amalgam is safe to use, we no longer use it.  In fact, half of dentists no longer use it.

Not only is it ugly, not only does it contain mercury, but as a metal it can expand and contract with temperatures – putting an enormous amount of strain on the teeth that quite often makes them crack and crumble.

Replacing these fillings is easy & safe.

Removing mercury safely is important, and not all dentists have the training to do so.  We offer you the equipment and expertise for this.

Often there are many materials available to replace your fillings, and we’ll work with you to find the materials that are best for you.

Treatments can often be done in a single visit too!

Benefits of white composite fillings:

Filling Before After Image


These fillings are color-matched, so they seamlessly blend in with your tooth color.  Even you won’t be able to tell which teeth have fillings.

They are also stain-resistant, and won’t yellow.


The materials used in modern fillings have largely been proven to be safe, and much safer than that of amalgam.


Modern fillings are made from strong materials that bond to the tooth.

No more “cold shock”.

Ever put a metal object (like a pen) in your mouth and feel a cold shock?  That’s the metal conducting with the amalgam.

Modern fillings are not made from metal, so you’ll have less sensitivity to objects and temperatures.


The immune system accepts modern fillings as if they were part of your body.  No allergic reactions.

Take the first step to improving your smile’s appearance and health with composite dental fillings!

If you are seeking safe amalgam removal and live in or around Solana Beach, CA, we invite you to call Del Mar Family Dentistry at (858) 360-3102 to request an appointment with our providers, Drs. Dale Trudeau, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Nikko Johnson, and Erik Balinghasay. We are located at 625 Valley Avenue and accept new patients and families.

Dr. Dale Trudeau

Dr. Dale Trudeau

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick

Dr. Nikko Johnson

Dr. Nikko Johnson

Dr. Erik Balinghasay

Dr. Erik Balinghasay

Del Mar Family Dentistry is served by four experienced and talented physicians: Drs. Dale Trudeau, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Nikko Johnson, and Erik Balinghasay.

Dr. Dale Trudeau has served the community of Del Mar and Solana Beach since 1984. He is a graduate and former instructor at USC School of Dentistry and has completed many hours of advanced training in restorative, cosmetic, implant dentistry, and Invisalign. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), San Diego County Dental Society (SDCDS), and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Trudeau is active in the community and volunteers at many local charities and youth organizations.

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in San Diego and Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry. He is a Research Associate at PLNU, YMCA, and Foundation for Worldwide Health, along with being a member of the ADA, CDA, Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and SDCDS. Dr. Fitzpatrick has a passion to provide sustainable dental services to underserved communities both locally and globally. In 2013 he founded Cura Coffee Company to help fund the non-profit work of Cura Smiles. This non-profit has been able to build a dental clinic in the diverse community of City Heights, San Diego to help serve the underserved in their dental needs.

Dr. Nikko Johnson is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma University College of Dentistry. After completing her dental residency, she practiced as a general dentist in Oklahoma and North Carolina before obtaining her Master of Science in Periodontology from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Dentistry. Among her competencies are prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases and treatment modalities with advanced oral plastic surgeries. She has had the honor of providing dental care to veterans for many years.

Dr. Erik Balinghasay is a graduate of the University of California San Diego(UCSD) and University of California Los Angeles(UCLA), School of Dentistry. Upon graduating from UCLA, he pursued advanced speciality training in Endodontics, the dental specialty related to root canals, at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a Board-Certified Endodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.