There were once very limited options to fillings – in terms of the types of materials that could be used, and although they did the job they were intended to do, sometimes the appearance was not as aesthetically pleasing as one would hope.

However, modern dentistry now provides you with a variety of effective materials. Materials such as: gold; porcelain; silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper); and composite resin fillings.

Various factors dictate what any given individual will choose …considerations such as cost, the extent of the decay, insurance coverage, and a variety of other reasons that one of our Coquitlam dentists at the Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry office might suggest.

Fillings …Types, Lifespan & Appearance

Silver Amalgam: ?This dental filling has been used for over 150 years, and consists of a mixture of metals including: liquid mercury, powdered alloy made from silver, tin and copper.

Despite questions in recent years surrounding certain risks of using silver amalgam due to the mercury content, various dentists still provide these types of fillings. So feel free to ask our Coquitlam dentists  for clarification if you have concerns.

Composite Resin: This dental filling is also considered a plastic or white filling that blends into the colour of your tooth. Often large fillings withstand a harder bite as they are located in our back molars, so your dentist will inform you of any risk of having these types of fillings.

Porcelain: This is the most common material that is often used in dental ceramic crowns, but can sometimes be offered as a filling also. They blend in nicely with your tooth colour, and can be virtually undetectable if created and applied correctly.

Gold Fillings: ? This dental filling is very durable and can withstand strong chewing, but this type of metal filling comes with a considerable cost of up to 10 times more than traditional fillings.

So if you are in need of dental care, feel free call one of our dental offices below to book your appointment today!

Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | View

Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | View

Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | View

Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | View

New Westminster Sedation & General Dentistry | 243-800 Carnarvon St. New Westminster | View

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