For several generations, dentists have used amalgam (silver) fillings in NE Calgary to fix up decayed teeth. Though these fillings are completely safe and very affordable, more and more people are now choosing to have white fillings to help their smile retain its physical appearance. These fillings are composite resin, and before you choose them, take a look at all the options available.
Gold fillings are very durable because gold doesn’t corrode. Gold is used to make inlays and onlays sometimes. These fillings can last for over fifteen years, though they take two appointments to place on. First, the dentist at Huntington Family Dental will take out any decay, prep your teeth, and make the necessary impressions. He’ll send this to a dental lab to make the filling. Once this is done, at your next appointment, the gold is cemented to the tooth. These can be very expensive, though!
Amalgams are made of several different metals which include tin, copper, silver, mercury, and zinc. They are a durable and affordable option. However, they can deteriorate over time, and stain the enamel of the remaining tooth. They are silver in color which is very noticeable therefore they aren’t usually used on front teeth.
The composite resin option, also known as white feelings, is a combination of plastics and tiny glass particles. They’re great for fixing up cavities, but they have more benefits than just that. They’re also able to fix the shape of a misshapen tooth or change the color of your teeth. The process is so simple that it only takes one appointment at Huntington Family Dental. First, the dentist will choose a color that best matches the rest of your teeth. Then he will remove any decay that’s forming. Then it’s time to use a special light to harden the filling material onto your tooth. It will be shaped appropriately and then polished. This helps it to be smooth and less likely to stain.
White fillings are a great choice because they are almost impossible to distinguish once they’re on your teeth. They are strong and durable and will last upwards of five years.