Why patients in Calgary should consider restorations such as tooth colored fillings
The history of dental restorations has long involved the use of amalgam fillings. While these silver fillings were once the standard method, studies have found that these fillings might be harmful to patients due to their levels of mercury. Not only do these fillings contain mercury, they also tend to stand out in the smile and can be quite unsightly.
Instead of amalgam fillings, Dr. Asaria suggests tooth colored fillings to patients in the Calgary area who need a restoration.
What are tooth colored fillings?
Tooth colored fillings are made of composite resin. This clay-like material is similar in appearance to tooth enamel and can be matched to blend in well with the smile. Unlike amalgam fillings, tooth colored fillings do not expand and contract with temperature changes, so they are a stable solution. With tooth colored fillings, patients can have confidence that their restoration is safe and beautiful.
Why do I need to have a filling?
It is extremely important to have a cavity filled soon after it is discovered, even if it is small. When cavities are left untreated, they can continue to grow and become quite large. Cavities can cause an infection in the pulp chamber of the tooth (where the nerves are located) which can cause quite a bit of pain and discomfort. Patients with extensive decay and infection will often require lengthier (and more expensive) procedures such as root canal therapy to restore health and prevent the tooth from needing extraction and replacement services.
At Calgary Dental Centers, we are committed to helping our patients enjoy natural looking restorations that are safe and effective. Contact us today at (403) 768-1339 or (403) 768-1343 to schedule a consultation. Our team is available to answer any questions that you have and get you on the road to a healthier, happier smile.