Dental Fillings in Edmonton
If a tooth displays signs of decay or a cavity, a dental filling may be required to prevent further decay. If a cavity is not filled, it can increase in size, cause pain, and may require the tooth to be removed. There are two commonly used materials for fillings; metal (dental amalgam) and composite.
Dental amalgam fillings are composed of metal, and are silver in colour. Dental amalgam fillings last for a long time and are very durable. Composite fillings are composed of thin layers of resin placed inside the tooth. Composite fillings resemble the appearance of natural teeth, and can usually be completed in one appointment.
The choice of dental filling type is influenced by a variety of factors, including the integrity of the remaining tooth, the location of the filling, and the required performance of the tooth. In addition, local anesthetic or sedation may be provided to mitigate pain that a patient may experience during the filling procedure.