White Fillings in Calgary, AB

Since nearly all adults have cavities at some point in their life and since a bright white smile is the new standard in dental care, many people are wondering about the differences between silver fillings and tooth-colored fillings, also known as white fillings.

Get to Know the Basics

Silver fillings, which are also known as amalgams, are made of a combination of metals such as silver, tin, and mercury. Copper can also be thrown into the mix. White fillings, which are also known as composite fillings, are made of plastic and ceramic.

Both options can be used to fill cavities, but unlike amalgam fillings, our tooth-colored composite fillings can be used to successfully treat even the smallest of cavities.

A lot of people don’t like the idea of having metal in their mouth, but the FDA has conducted extensive research on the use of amalgam fillings and determined them to be safe for adults and children over the age of 6.

It Can Boil Down to Durability

Because silver fillings are highly durable, they’re often the best choice for molars or other teeth that are used heavily. Also, because the material in silver fillings hardens quicker, dentists can more easily place these fillings in areas that will reach below the gum line.

Some Advantages of White Fillings

It’s their color. If you have a cavity in a tooth that can easily be seen when you smile, eat, or talk, a white filling definitely has the advantage. Note though that they are not as durable as silver fillings which means they may not last as long – that’s one reason insurance companies set limitations on their use.

Composite fillings adhere to the tooth with a clear bonding material. And since composite fillings closely mimic the color of natural teeth, it’s not obvious to others that you have a filling. Many people complain that “having a mouthful of metal” is embarrassing, so white fillings, so solve that problem.

Ready to Get Started?

If you have a cavity to be filled, or even suspect that you have one, and live in or around the Calgary, AB area, make an appointment today with Comfort Care Dentistry to learn more about the options you have to achieve the smile you’ve been dreaming of! Our practice welcomes patients from the surrounding areas of Sunalta, Beltline, Hillhurst, Downtown West End, Eau Claire, and Lower Mount Royal.

We provide personalized care to all of our patients because we believe in living up to our motto: “Your health, your smile, your dentist.”

We are opening with changes to keep you safe!

We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you, very soon! We will be opening our clinic for all your dental care needs on June 1st. Until then, we are still available for any emergency and urgent dental care you may require.

Our office will have a number of changes designed around giving you a safe, efficient and comfortable experience.

Here’s what to expect:

To book an appointment, please follow the steps below:

Call the office line:

Be prepared to answer the following questions;

  • Have you experienced a fever, cough, runny nose or difficulty breathing in the last two weeks, as we will need to know prior to booking?
  • Have you travelled outside of Alberta within the last 14 days?
  • Have you been diagnosed with covid19 or come in contact with a known covid 19 case?

What we will need from you:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment and be patient as we follow rigorous and mandated Covid 19 protocols including a health screening prior to your appointment. Please sanitize your hands when you arrive.
  • Please come to your appointment wearing a mask.
  • Be prepared for us to take your temperature at the time of your visit using a no-contact thermometer
  • Be prepared to fill out a covid health questionnaire and consent for treatment form when you arrive.
  • If you have changes to your insurance, please call the office ahead of time to update this information.

Waiting Room:

  • Accompaniment of patients will be limited to one essential caregiver and one parent of minors; all others will be asked to wait in their vehicle outside the clinic.

What the clinic is doing to ensure your safety:

  • Enhanced cleaning methods with approved sanitization products
  • Hand Sanitization station-please sanitize your hands when you arrive
  • Staggered appointment times to allow for cleaning in between patients
  • Plexiglas barrier at the front desk to minimize exposure between staff and patient.
  • Tap payments (no cash payments will be accepted at this time)
  • All team members will be pre-screened before and when they arrive to work to ensure they are healthy to work. Any team member that does not pass the screening will be asked to go home. We are doing this to ensure we are keeping you and all our team members safe. All team members will be wearing the appropriate PPE at all times and employing high standards of hand hygiene and infection control
  • All service personnel and couriers will be screened and asked to sanitize when they arrive and all deliveries will be sprayed and stored to sanitize before handling

The above changes may take some time to get used to and may seem overwhelming, but we are making them because the health of our patients and staff remains our top priority.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you and appreciate your support to help maintain a safe environment in our clinic.

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