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What Are Tooth-Coloured Fillings?

February 11, 2020
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Posted By: Dr. Jayde Wiedemann
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Dental cavities occur in people of all ages, and in the past, amalgam fillings (silver) were the solution. Fortunately, today, you can opt for tooth-coloured fillings in South Calgary, AB if you develop a tooth cavity, especially in your smile line—the teeth that show when you smile, speak, and laugh.

Tooth-coloured fillings, sometimes referred to as white fillings, are made of a composite resin material that is coloured to match your teeth. When your dentist fills a cavity with this material, it provides a more consistent hue across your smile compared with silver or amalgam fillings.

How Tooth-Coloured Fillings Differ from Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam may include mercury, silver and other components. When mercury bonds with metal, it creates a durable foundation and, therefore, a strong dental filling. However, some people may be sensitive to amalgam fillings or prefer a more aesthetically uniform smile following cavity treatment.

Typically, tooth-coloured fillings are made from porcelain and ceramic and adhere easily to the surfaces of teeth.

Both options are viable when it comes to treating cavities, but most patients today prefer tooth-coloured restorations so as not to detract from their smiles.

Avoiding Future Cavities

The best way to prevent cavities is to visit your dentist regularly for dental exams and teeth cleanings. It is also essential to adopt an excellent brushing and flossing routine at home. Your dentist in Calgary, AB can also share tips to help you maintain a healthier smile, including nutritional guidance and brushing and flossing advice.

Contact Our Dental Office for Tooth-Coloured Fillings in South Calgary, AB

If you’re considering tooth-coloured fillings—in some cases, switching older amalgam fillings for white fillings—reach out to us today. We are also available to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have.

At Avenida Dental Centre, we look forward to caring for your smile.

We will be resuming normal hours of operation starting Thursday, May 14th.

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