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Amalgam vs Composite Dental Fillings: What You Need to Know

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  • September 29, 2019
If you have teeth that have been affected by cavities or decay, your dentist may suggest a dental filling treatment, which can be completed in one visit to your dental office. Here’s your guide to the different types of dental fillings.

Whenever you visit your dentist for a checkup, he/she will check your teeth for cavities or any other signs of decay, including brown and/or black spots. If you do have a cavity, your dentist may suggest fixing it immediately using a dental filling.

This is important because if a cavity is not cleaned and filled properly, it can:

  • Lead to a tooth abscess, which is extremely painful and requires a root canal treatment
  • Result in the need for a tooth extraction
  • Create significant tooth damage
  • Cause black or white staining on your teeth


Safe Mercury Removal and Composite Fillings at Our Holistic Dental Clinic

At Dr. Korol Dental Clinic, our team of holistic dentists understand that many components go into helping your body achieve complete health. We take an integrated and holistic approach to dental care designed to help you reach an optimal level of health.

We use only the safest, most biocompatible materials, such as composite fillings, and offer

minimally-invasive and state-of-the-art treatments, such as safe mercury removal, to keep your mouth and body healthy.

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What are Dental Fillings and How Do They Work?

Dental fillings are restorations that are used to replace tooth structure that has been damaged or lost due to decay or breakage. Often, dentists will recommend a filling if less than 50% of the tooth structure is lost.

How Dental Fillings Work

The filling will be placed into your tooth during a single appointment. They will help seal the tooth, closing off spaces and gaps where bacteria can enter and in doing so, they help prevent further decay or the development of infection.


Different Types of Dental Fillings: Which One Should You Choose?

There are two main types of dental fillings that are used today. These include:

1. Amalgam Fillings

For many years, dentists have been using amalgam fillings to treat tooth decay and cavities. These fillings are made up of a mixture of metals including silver, copper, tin, and mercury. However, recently, there has been much controversy regarding the potential harmful effects of mercury on human health and the environment.

In fact, according to IAOMT, scientific studies have documented the potential risks amalgam fillings pose to human health, including increased risks of:

  • Allergies
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Kidney disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Periodontal disease



For these reasons, the holistic dentists at our Calgary clinic NEVER place amalgam fillings. We also employ the SMART technique (recommended by the IAOMT) to safely remove your existing amalgam fillings and replace them with more biocompatible options.



2. Composite or White Resin Fillings

Composite fillings are made up of a mixture of glass and plastic particles. This type of dental filling is becoming increasingly popular amongst patients, not only because it is safer than amalgam fillings but also because:

  • The colour of a composite filling can be selected to match the shade of your teeth
  • Composite fillings provide a natural looking, aesthetically pleasing restoration.
  • Such fillings help improve tooth strength through bonding

At Dr Korol Dental Clinic, composite is our material of choice for simple fillings. Newer brands of composite such as Admira Fusion and Venus-Diamond are now BPA (bisphenol-A) and bis-GMA FREE are thus a very biocompatible treatment option.



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