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What are the benefits of white dental fillings in Calgary NE?

Over the last two decades, several health-studies were performed in relation to traditional silver ‘Amalgam’ dental fillings vs the new, white ‘Composite-Resin’ fillings. Today, the majority of dental patients choose ‘White’ fillings because of the obvious aesthetic factor: Matching the colour of your teeth.

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When you need new dental fillings (all fillings wear out over time), you might want to learn more about white fillings, and how they compare with the older mercury based alternative. Modern dentistry has allowed us to combine beauty as well as strength when filling teeth. Restorations are designed to match the original tooth strength, and the appearance with composite resins and other modern filling materials provides a natural look and feel. Most dental fillings (tooth restorations) are used to replace tooth structure that is decayed. Caries can be detected through direct observation or x-rays. White fillings are also used to repair fractured, broken, or severely worn teeth. At Cornerstone patient comfort is always the main priority of our dental team, and we strive for positive experiences with every patient. Are dental fillings on your mind? We can help to provide an overview of all your optionsMake an appointment and we’ll show you how we can help.

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Welcome to Cornerstone Family Dental!

We are a full-service family dental clinic in Calgary NE, providing everything from check-ups, cleanings, cosmetic, Invisalign, white fillings, crowns & bridges, extractions, root canals, and dental implants. For people with dental anxiety we have a revolutionary solution:  Our Solea Laser takes the drill, needle, noise and pains out of dental visits! Learn more about SOLEA

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What are 'white' dental fillings?

A white dental filling is a dental restoration used to fill tooth cavities. It is made of composite resin which is a blend of plastics and fillers such as silica (glass) and dimethylglyoxime (plastics) which bond with the tooth’s surface, designed to look like natural tooth enamel.

Unlike amalgam fillings (a combination of silver, copper, zinc, or tin with mercury to bind the alloy particles), today’s white fillings are definitely stronger and longer-lasting. 

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Are 'amalgam' or mercury fillings bad for your health?

Dental amalgam fillings can be less expensive than white composite fillings but they contain elemental mercurySome studies have suggested that long-term exposure to mercury may pose a health risk to the groups listed below:
  • Pregnant women
  • Women planning to become pregnant
  • Nursing women
  • Children younger than six years of age
  • People with pre-existing neurological disease
  • People with impaired kidney function
  • People with known heightened sensitivity (allergy) to mercury or other metal components

About Bioaccumulation

Although much of the mercury released by dental fillings is naturally drained by the body, part of it can accumulate (a process called bioaccumulation) in tissues, including the kidneys and brain.

Amalgam (silver) fillings expand and contract due to their vulnerability to temperature changes. Those expansions and contractions could cause damage to a tooth. If you consider to replace your amalgam fillings, please talk to your dentist and physician first.

What are the benefits of white dental fillings Calgary NE?

The general benefits of white dental fillings are:
  • Cosmetically natural looking
  • Non-Toxic
  • Stable
  • Quick placement
  • Durable
  • Temperature Change Resistant
  • Easy to Repair
  • Reduced Tooth Sensitivity
Additionally, white dental fillings Calgary NE are also very versatile. Many dental problems can be fixed with composite dental fillings. Apart from restoring a decayed tooth, they are used to repair chipped, cracked, broken or worn down teeth. For many years, dentists have filled tooth cavities with amalgam fillings. Today, you have the choice between silver-coloured amalgam and white composite fillings. Composite fillings are very aesthetic restorations since they are available in natural shades matching your tooth colour. They are also being tolerated perfectly by all patients. In some cases cavity preparation could become very time-consuming for large fillings. In such a case, Cornerstone Family Dental will recommend an inlay or an onlay (partial crown) to create more and a stronger tooth structure. Partial crown components are made in an external dental laboratory after making an impression of the tooth. The final placement of inlay or onlay will be done during a second visit at our dental office.

Will white fillings look stained after a while?

No reason to sugar-coat it (yes, pun intended), foods and drinks can discolour your white fillings. Here are some tips to avoid staining problems:
  • Avoiding too much coffee, tea, or red wine
  • Brushing and flossing daily
  • Using a mouthwash regularly
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In case your white fillings becomes stained over time, you may want to consider replace your fillings.

How long do white fillings last?

One of the benefits to having a white dental filling is that they are strong and durable. A good-quality composite filling can last for many years (5-10), even when exposed to conditions such as acid erosion or heavy chewing. Nevertheless, dental fillings do not always last forever so it is essential that you visit your dentist regularly for further examinations, preferably every six months to ensure that they keep in good shape.

All dental fillings can develop cracks or simply wear down due to chewing forces. If you notice any change over time, we recommend to get it checked and make any necessary repairs as soon as possible. To maintain oral health, brush and floss regularly. It’s also important to eat well-balanced meals, get enough sleep each night, and limit sugar intake.

Are you in need of a new dental filling, or do you consider replacing your amalgam fillings?


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Dr. Watson and the dentists at Cornerstone Family Dental are all General Dentists (unless specified). As general dentists, they provide cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, dental braces, and teeth whitening as part of their General Dentistry license. Cosmetic Dentistry & Family Dentistry are not specialties recognized by the Alberta Dental Association & College (ADA&C). As NE Calgary Family Dentists, they provide General Dental procedures for all ages within the family.

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