Dental Fillings

Dental fillings heal the damage caused by cavities, prevent further decay from taking place, and help you restore your teeth’s structure and strength.

These fillings are placed directly into your tooth after the decay is cleaned out. There are a number of materials that can be used.

AMALGAM FILLINGS

These fillings are sometimes called “silver” fillings and are predominately used to fill cavities in molars.

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Health Canada concludes that although amalgam contributes detectable amounts of mercury to the body, these levels do not cause illness.

COMPOSITE FILLINGS

Also called plastic or white fillings are predominately used for visible areas in your mouth. Evolving properties of this material allow them to be placed in the molar teeth as well.

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GOLD FILLINGS

These fillings are a made of gold and other metals to make the gold more durable. Pure gold is too soft and would wear away.

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Source: Canadian Dental Association (CDA)