Why Fillings Are Needed


Tooth decay (dental caries) occurs when bacteria in the mouth cause damage to the outer protective layer of tooth enamel. The enamel protects the interior of the tooth, and when the enamel is compromised, there is a greater risk that bacteria will enter the soft tissue inside the tooth and cause an infection. At this point, a dental filling is necessary to fill in the gap in the tooth enamel to protect the tooth and prevent infection.

Amalgam Fillings in West Edmonton

Amalgam fillings are sometimes called “silver” fillings. They are made from a combination of metals, including mercury, silver, copper, and tin. Amalgam fillings are affordable and strong, and often last for many years.

Composite Fillings in West Edmonton

Composite fillings are made from a mixture of plastic and ceramic materials. Although they are more expensive than amalgam fillings, they are often chosen because they can be made to match the natural tooth colour, allowing them to blend in with the tooth and be virtually invisible in the mouth.