Fillings are restorations used to patch small cavities. Dr. Dhaliwal removes the decayed portion of your teeth and “fills” the area of the tooth that was decayed. Amalgam (metal) fillings have been used for years, mainly as a cost-effective measure for restoring cavities. However, these fillings contain Mercury which has been shown to be harmful.
We believe in providing our patients with the best possible care using the latest in dental advancements. Given this information, our office does not offer metal fillings as an option. We use composite fillings which not only are safer but also more natural-looking. Composites are mercury-free and actually bond to the tooth surface, restoring most of its original strength. Dr. Dhaliwal can also match the composite to the natural color and texture of your teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
If you have old metal fillings, Dr. Dhaliwal will check them for “leakage” or additional decay. “Leakage” refers to the side of the filling not fitting tightly against the tooth. This can cause saliva and debris to enter causing further decay and sensitivity. Fillings can also leak as a result of wear over time. In these cases, Dr. Dhaliwal will recommend having your old fillings replaced.