At Tower Dental Clinic in Calgary, our dentists offer composite (white) and amalgam (silver) dental fillings to remedy cavities, cracks and fractures, helping to restore the tooth's function and structure.Request Appointment
A filling is a dental treatment that helps to restore the function and structural integrity of a tooth that has a cavity.
Amalgam fillings are silver in colour, making them more visible than composite resin fillings. However, amalgam fillings are typically stronger and longer lasting than composite fillings.
White composite resin fillings closely match the colour of your existing teeth, making composite fillings a good choice for repairing teeth that are visible to others when you talk or smile.
Some cavities in molars and premolars can be filled with individual pre-made restorations called dental inlays and onlays.
An inlay is larger than a standard dental filling and can be used to repair decay in the pits and fissures of a tooth. They fill the space between the cusps of the surface of the tooth.
Inlays are now strong enough to be placed on molars as well as front teeth. Aesthetic inlays can be made from composite material or porcelain to improve the natural beauty of your smile.
Unlike inlays, onlays cover one or more cusps of a tooth and in some instances, they cover the entire biting surface of a tooth.
Onlays will be used when a dental crown would be considered excessive.
In general, dental onlays last longer and are stronger than a standard dental filling. With proper care, you can expect to have your onlay for up to 30 years.