What is a filling?
When bacterial decay is present, it must be removed, then the cavity is restored or “filled” with white composite material.
These types of fillings may also be called “bonded fillings” or “white composite restorations.”
We do not use mercury amalgam fillings and we only use composites that are both BPA-free and fluoride-free. (Many people are not aware of these additional safety concerns.)
What is a cavity?
“Cavity” is the common name for what professionals call tooth decay, or dental caries. Learn more →
What about when the cavities are larger?
When there is a lot of decay, additional procedures may be required:
If the decay undermines and weakens the natural tooth structure, we will reinforce the tooth with a biocompatible ceramic crown.
If the bacterial decay damages the nerve of the tooth, removal of the nerve with root canal therapy is required to retain the tooth.
Is it possible to replace amalgam fillings or remove mercury fillings?
Yes! When old amalgam fillings containing mercury need to be removed, we follow strict guidelines for procedural removal, office cleaning, and finally toxic waste disposal.
Minimizing heavy metal exposure is important for the safety of our patients, office team, and the environment, as old amalgam fillings contain approximately 50% mercury.
We use a specific protocol as laid out by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.
This process minimizes mercury exposure and absorption compared to conventional methods. We use an IQ Air mercury vapour filtration unit and carefully isolate the area with a rubber dam.