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Fillings

Used to prevent the spread of tooth decay or correct any cosmetic damage, a filling is just one of the ways our dentist can preserve your health. Before placement, any rot must be drilled out. We offer local anesthesia along with sedation to ensure maximum comfort for our patients. There are two different types of fillings: amalgam (otherwise known as silver fillings) and composite resin, the color of which can be customized to match your natural teeth.

Amalgam

Made up of silver, copper, mercury, and tin, amalgam fillings are the most durable and economical option for our patients. They last up to ten years and are less likely to fall out or break. Commonly used for filling in molar cavities, amalgam fillings can withstand biting pressure and can be fully administered in a single visit. Despite the mercury content, these silver fillings are perfectly safe for anyone aged six and up.

Composite Resin

Since the color of a composite resin filling can be customized, it is the most aesthetically pleasing option. However, it is more expensive and not as strong as an amalgam filling. Composite resin is ideal for repairing chipped or cracked teeth, filling in a tooth gap, correcting dental discoloration, protecting any exposed tooth root from gum recession, or changing the shape of teeth. Patients may also choose composite resin for cavity fillings as they are bonded to the teeth in layers and therefore require less drilling away of the natural tooth.


If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, the dentist can help you choose the best solution. Fillings can be used for situations where there are small cavities caused both by decay and physical damage. White fillings are almost always used and patients will always be asked for consent in rare situations where a silver amalgam filling is considered more ideal.

Fillings do have their limitations however and in situations where damage to a tooth is more extensive or the appearance of a tooth is more severely compromised, fixed prosthodontic devices can provide better results. These include veneers, onlays and crowns. Bridges can also be used to replace missing teeth in patients who don’t wish to resort to dentures or implants. All of these devices can come in a variety of materials, from tooth-coloured ceramics where appearance is an important factor, to precious and non-precious metals which can be used on back teeth for patients with strong bites.