What is Amalgam?
Amalgam is a filling, which is the substance that is used to fill the space where your dentist has removed your cavity; it functions to protect the inner portion of your tooth, the porous dentine and sensitive pulp. One of the metals used to form amalgam has caused a bit a controversy and has caused patients to seek other options for their filling needs: this metal is Mercury.
Thanks to modern advancements in dentistry, patients can choose other forms of fillings that don’t contain mercury. Here at Toothworks Calgary we offer patients safe, mercury-free fillings and porcelain inlays, onlays and crown as alternative options that will leave your mouth looking and feeling great.
If the thought of unsightly metal fillings leaves you less than thrilled, you’ll be happy to know that dental science has made advancements since the invention of amalgam fillings. One of the best advancements: Bonded Fillings. When dentists refer to bonded fillings, they are typically speaking of natural or “tooth-colored” composite restorations. Today, if you need a cavity filled, Toothworks Calgary can use a strong composite resin that looks much more natural and much less noticeable than a metal filling. And best of all, composite fillings only take a single appointment to apply—which means you save time while improving the health of your teeth and the appearance of your smile!
Inlays and onlays are well suited for restoring weakened back teeth and are equally as important for restoring more visible tooth surfaces. They offer a strong, attractive alternative to traditional composite fillings. The difference between an inlay and an onlay are the placement of them on the tooth: inlays deal with the portion between cusps, while onlays cover from the cusp onward.
Typically considered for teeth that need a major portion of their surface restored or teeth that endure heaving chewing, porcelain inlays and onlays offer the protection and strength of a crown without the need for extensive tooth preparation. Made from the same strong, tooth-colored material as crowns and bridges, porcelain inlays and onlays are customized to match your tooth shape and shade—and are stronger and more durable than composite restorations.