Upgrade Your Fillings With the Help of a Restorative Dentist in Ottawa

Give Your Dental Fillings an Upgrade at Our Kanata Dental Clinic

Would You Like To Update Your Silver Fillings?

Do you dislike the way they look, the way they feel, or the way they sometimes leave a metallic taste in your mouth?

If yes, it’s time for an upgrade!

Switching to tooth-coloured fillings that look better and avoid some of the other effects of metal amalgam fillings is the best way to preserve your teeth without sacrificing the appearance.

Are Silver Fillings Safe?

Silver fillings, or metal amalgam fillings as they’re sometimes called, are safe despite the presence of mercury, according to the Canadian Dental Association. However, a small number of people report increased sensitivity and other negative side effects.

Why Should I Upgrade My Amalgam Fillings?

Metal amalgam fillings are the most common fillings used in Canada. They’re durable, inexpensive, and have been used for more than 150 years.

So why should you upgrade?

There are many benefits to switching to tooth-coloured fillings, including:

  • More attractive
  • More natural in appearance
  • No metallic taste
  • Less sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Avoid tooth damage
  • Avoid possible health problems

Improved appearance is the biggest benefit. Metal fillings start out silver which makes them very obvious. Over time, they can turn black when they rust, making them look like large, untreated cavities in your mouth. In some cases, they can even discolour your entire tooth. Tooth-coloured fillings look like natural, healthy tooth material.

Some people find that their metal amalgam fillings create a metallic taste in their mouth. This may be related to eating certain foods or using metal utensils.

Increased sensitivity to heat and cold is another reason to ditch the silver fillings. Metal is a good conductor and large fillings can conduct temperature changes deep into the tooth. The sensitivity can be worsened because the filling expands and contracts rapidly with temperature changes. This expansion and contraction can potentially damage your tooth structure.

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Ceramic vs Composite Fillings: What’s the Difference?

There are several options when it comes to tooth-coloured fillings, but we offer two: composite and ceramic.

The composite variety is a resin that has ceramic inclusions for increased strength and durability. It starts as a putty that can be spread into the cavity. Exposure to a curing light hardens the filling. This option looks good and is as successful as amalgam fillings when used properly, but they’re recommended for smaller cavities.

Ceramic fillings, also called inlays or onlays, are made of ceramic materials, similar to those used for veneers and crowns. They are the most attractive and are highly durable. They can be used for large cavities and can add strength to damaged teeth.

Dr Andrea Stevens Dentist in Kanata

Dr. Andrea Stevens is an Experienced Restorative Dentist in Ottawa

Book an appointment today to get started on upgrading your fillings.