Fix a Cavity with a Filling

Placing an amalgam filling (mercury, silver and other base metals) has been the typical procedure for fixing cavities in back teeth for many years, but our position is that we do not place amalgam fillings in our patients' mouths. There are now several tooth filling options available at our Calgary clinic, depending on your needs.

smiling Calgary woman with tooth filling

What type of filling is right for me?

A good alternative to a mercury filling is the more aesthetically pleasing white filling known as a composite filling or composite resin filling. Other restoration choices include inlays, onlays or dental crowns.

The selection of filling material is also based on its purpose. An inlay, onlay, dental crown or porcelain crown is a good solution for a large back-tooth cavity, whereas a white filling is typically a better solution for filling a smaller cavity or treating your front teeth. White resin is also used widely in cosmetic dental procedures and dental bonding.

You may require a filling to be placed at our Calgary clinic if you have a tooth with a cavity, a minor fracture, tooth wear or erosion.

Are composite fillings entirely safe?

The material used to create a composite (white) tooth filling is not entirely free of controversy. The white resin used in a composite tooth filling is part of the broad family of plastics similar to Bisphenol A (BPA), which has been reported to have detrimental health effects. Your dentist will explain your options to you in detail, so you may decide which filling option is best for you.

It's important to catch cavities early

The benefit of treating cavities early is we can gently remove the cavity with air abrasion, so it is a pain free, no needle, no drill cavity removal!

The video shows a very conservative and preventative approach to addressing pit and fissure cavities.

We'd love to meet you!

New patients are always welcome!  Let's discuss your dental health together.

…or come in for a Meet & Greet first.