Fillings in White, Silver, or Gold
When tooth decay is removed from a tooth, the open space must be filled to strengthen the tooth and allow it to function normally. Our dentists will recommend a filling that is appropriate for your specific condition. The location and severity of your decay will determine the type of filling that we will recommend. Fillings are also used to repair broken teeth.
White Resin Fillings
Tooth coloured white fillings are made of strong composite resin. They are usually chosen for their aesthetic characteristic and many patients replace their old silver fillings with white ones. In addition to their natural look, they are mercury-free and less sensitive to hot or cold than the metal fillings.
Ceramic and glass ionomers are two other types of white fillings that your dentist may recommend.
Silver Amalgam Fillings
The traditional silver fillings are an amalgam of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper. While the amalgam is not harmful, it is losing its popularity because people prefer mercury-free aesthetic materials in their mouths. Silver amalgam fillings are more durable than white resin fillings, lasting 10 to 15 years, and less expensive than white or gold fillings.
Cast Gold Restorations
Centre Dentaire Pierrefonds specializes in cast gold restorations. They are the strongest, and most durable fillings available, lasting for decades, if not a lifetime. Cast gold restorations will never break or fracture and their smooth surface will not corrode, oxidize, or absorb oral fluids, nor will they discolour your tooth. They require two visits to install properly.
Inlays and Onlays
When a cavity is too large to be filled, but does not necessitate a crown, inlays or onlays are used to treat the tooth. Inlays are set into the tooth on the chewing surface, and onlays often extend to several cusps.
Discuss your fillings options with our dentists, whether it is to fix a decayed tooth or replace old fillings.