About dental decay

Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we get about tooth decay and white fillings If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call or send an email.


Why is it important to treat tooth decay early?

Tooth decay left untreated can result in the eventual loss of that tooth. The longer tooth decay is left untreated, the harder it is to restore to optimum health, and the more damage it can cause to adjacent teeth.

What is the difference between amalgam and composite fillings?

Amalgam is a mixture of different metals including silver and small amounts of inert mercury. Composite is a resin material containing fine glass particles, designed to blend with the natural colour of teeth.

Should I be concerned about my amalgam fillings?

There are countless studies showing amalgam poses no threat to your health in terms of toxicity. Large amalgam fillings can cause issues by weakening your teeth, placing them at a higher risk of fracture.

Will I experience discomfort after my new filling?

It is not uncommon to experience some discomfort in the days and weeks following treatment of tooth decay with a dental filling. This is not usually anything to worry about, but contact us if you're concerned.

What does having a "deep" dental filling mean?

This means that your tooth decay was close to the nerve in your tooth, and there is a chance that the tooth may not respond to efforts meant to save it. We will monitor teeth like this over time for any possible issues.

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