The Different Types of Fillings

April 11, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized

Cavities develop when the enamel that protects the outer surface of our teeth is damaged by plaque. If you have cavities it is extremely important to get them treated by your dentist as soon as possible.
If your dentist or dental hygienist finds a cavity in your mouth, your dentist can treat it by placing a filling after removing the decayed tissue. There are a number of different types of fillings including:

  • Amalgam Fillings: This is the type of filling that most people are familiar with, it has been in use for over a century. Amalgam fillings are silver in colour, which means that they aren’t as preferable for use in more visible teeth.

  • Composite Fillings:  Composite fillings are made of a tooth coloured material that is much stronger and more durable than the material used in amalgam fillings. It also takes longer to place these fillings than it does to place amalgam fillings.

  • Ceramic Fillings: These fillings are made out of porcelain, they are aesthetically pleasing and fairly durable, however, if they become rough they can wear opposing teeth.

  • Glass Ionomer Fillings: This type of filling is made of an acrylic and glass material. They release fluoride which can help prevent further tooth decay. Unfortunately, these fillings only typically last five years or less, so they are not usually prefered over other filling types.

If you have more questions related to filling options for cavities, or what we offer here at Rideau Dental Centre, give us a call at 613-230-7475.