Dr Guy St-ArneaultDentist

27 years of experience

Over the years, Dr St-Arneault has developed a successful family practice focused on patient comfort and a high quality of care. He is particularly adept at communicating with his patients and explaining various treatment plan options and never hesitates to collaborate with specialists if he feels this would better serve his patients. Furthermore, his gentle touch and calm disposition are very appreciated qualities.

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Demystifying : Silver and white fillingsand CEREC restoration

When a cavity develops, the obturation (also called filling) is necessary to avoid the possible deterioration of the tooth. A silver filling (amalgam), a white filling (composite) or other restorative material may then be required. Some materials can better meet the patient’s need.

The choice of material depends on the extent of the cavity to be filled and where the cavity is located. Where there is a higher masticatory force, in principle a stronger material is required. Each of these types of filling has advantages and disadvantages. The choice of silver or white fillings should be limited to small dental repairs, because each time they have to be remade, the teeth become more fragile.

A filling is used to prevent the progression of cavities by preventing bacteria from penetrating deep into the tooth.

Silver filling (amalgam)

Solid and durable, it resists masticatory pressure.

White filling (composite resin)

Natural appearance because it is a tooth colored material with several shades available (the aesthetic properties of the tooth are preserved).

Stronger interface with the tooth.

Less destruction of dental material than with amalgam during repair.

Ceramic restoration CEREC (inlay/onlay)

Ideal treatment that allows the restoration of a tooth by a crown or a partial covering (inlay/onlay) in one visit (the need for a temporary restoration is eliminated).

Good durability (lasts longer than amalgam or composite).

Ideal for partial covering of the tooth.

Gives the tooth more than 90% of its initial strength.

Non utilisée

Silver filling (amalgam)

Ideal for simple fillings.

White filling (composite resin)

Ideal for simple fillings.

Ceramic restoration CEREC (inlay/onlay)

Ideal when the tooth is cracked, broken or has a large restoration.

Silver filling (amalgam)

Alloy of various metals (silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc) combined with mercury to obtain a malleability for insertion into the cavity.

White filling (composite resin)

Resin material in ready-to-use form containing photosensitive substances which cure under the action of light. Adhesion to the tooth is chemical and therefore there is less healthy dental substance to remove, compared to silver filling.

Ceramic restoration CEREC (inlay/onlay)

A computer-assisted restoration method that uses a ceramic block to sculpt the missing shape of the tooth.

Silver filling (amalgam)

Solid and durable, it resists masticatory pressure.

White filling (composite resin)

Natural appearance because it is a tooth colored material with several shades available (the aesthetic properties of the tooth are preserved).

Stronger interface with the tooth.

Less destruction of dental material than with amalgam during repair.

Ceramic restoration CEREC (inlay/onlay)

Ideal treatment that allows the restoration of a tooth by a crown or a partial covering (inlay/onlay) in one visit (the need for a temporary restoration is eliminated).

Good durability (lasts longer than amalgam or composite).

Ideal for partial covering of the tooth.

Gives the tooth more than 90% of its initial strength.

Non utilisée

Silver filling (amalgam)

Ideal for simple fillings.

White filling (composite resin)

Ideal for simple fillings.

Ceramic restoration CEREC (inlay/onlay)

Ideal when the tooth is cracked, broken or has a large restoration.

Silver filling (amalgam)

Alloy of various metals (silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc) combined with mercury to obtain a malleability for insertion into the cavity.

White filling (composite resin)

Resin material in ready-to-use form containing photosensitive substances which cure under the action of light. Adhesion to the tooth is chemical and therefore there is less healthy dental substance to remove, compared to silver filling.

Ceramic restoration CEREC (inlay/onlay)

A computer-assisted restoration method that uses a ceramic block to sculpt the missing shape of the tooth.

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