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Dental Fillings

Even if you practice great oral hygiene and take measures to avoid tooth decay, you can still develop a cavity for a variety of reasons. 

While cavities are very common, they must be taken seriously. Without treatment, decay continues to spread and erode your natural teeth.

Fortunately, the team at Enlighten Dental can restore your health with a filling in a single appointment at our Vancouver, BC, office. 

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Request an appointment at Enlighten Dental today by calling (604) 876-9228

What Is a Dental Filling?

A dental filling is used to repair a cavity (a small hole) in the tooth caused by bacteria. Your dentist removes the decayed portion of the enamel to prevent the cavity from growing larger. The cavity is then filled with an appropriate restorative material such as porcelain, composite resin, or amalgam, creating what is known as a dental filling. 
Illustration of driling cavities out of teeth with text stating inlays and onlays can be used to repair damaged areas that are too large for a filling
We have selected materials that are most universally compatible with the human body based on decades of experience with biocompatibility testing.

Selecting a Material for Your Filling

Our Vancouver, BC, patients currently have more choices than ever when it comes to their dental filling. While historically a filling meant silver metal amalgam, modern fillings are much more natural and aesthetically pleasing. Porcelain and composite resin are enamel-colored materials that are safe and biocompatible. In addition to blending in seamlessly with your natural tooth, these materials are also durable as amalgam fillings. 

Of course, every patient has unique needs and personal preferences when it comes to their dental restoration. Our goal is to thoroughly explain your options, answer your questions, and help you arrive at the best decision.

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Safe Amalgam Filling Removal

If you had a cavity filled with metal amalgam in the past and are not satisfied with the appearance, you do not need to wait for the filling to run its natural course. The team at Enlighten Dental is happy to replace noticeable amalgam fillings with a modern tooth-colored alternative.

We believe that amalgam removal and other holistic techniques can also benefit your overall health. Our goal is to reduce the amount of non-biocompatible materials that go into restoring your teeth. During mercury amalgam removal treatment, we will safely extract the metal material and assess the condition of your tooth. Then we refill the cavity with an alternative biocompatible material like composite resin. If you are interested in learning more about tooth-colored fillings or other forms of holistic dentistry, please contact our Vancouver office today.   

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Types of Dental Fillings

Composite Fillings

Composite Filling

Composite fillings are made primarily from acrylic-based resin and can last up to 10 years.


  • Tooth-colored and natural-looking
  • Can be applied fast
  • More affordable than some other materials

Porcelain Fillings

Porcelain Filling

A porcelain filling is a custom-made restoration that can last 15 years or longer. Porcelain is used for inlays and onlays.


  • Natural-looking
  • Strong and resilient
  • Stain-resistant

Gold Fillings

gold filling

Gold fillings are made from a blend of gold and other metals like silver and copper. They can last for 20 years or more.  


  • Longest lasting option
  • Aesthetic preference
  • Biocompatible 
Holistic dentistry involves using natural materials and more conservative techniques to restore your teeth. Our tooth-colored fillings are non-toxic and just as effective as amalgam metals. 

What to Expect During the Procedure

A dental filling procedure is generally fast and simple. Nevertheless, we want to explain all the steps to help you feel prepared and comfortable. Here is what to expect when you come to our Vancouver office to receive a standard composite filling. 
After placing the filling, we will check your bite and make sure the tooth surface is smooth and polished. 
After placing the filling, we will check your bite and make sure the tooth surface is smooth and polished. 

Exam & Diagnosis

Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and diagnose any cavities. Then we will take scans and/or X-rays to determine the full extent of the tooth decay. In small cavities, we will likely recommend a minimally invasive filling rather than a dental crown

Tooth Prep

We start the procedure by administering a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Then we prep the affected tooth. The portion of decayed tissue is carefully removed to keep your healthy enamel intact, and the entire area is cleaned. 


Your dentist will then repair the small hole in the tooth using the restorative material of your choice. Once the tooth is restored to its proper shape, we will check your bite and make sure the tooth surface is smooth and polished. 

Filling Maintenance and Aftercare

There is very little you have to do to maintain your dental filling. The materials we use for fillings are highly durable and can withstand the same pressure as your natural teeth. The best way to protect a dental filling is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes:

Brushing and Flossing

Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to better combat decay. We also recommend flossing at least once a day to remove plaque from hard-to-reach places.

Limiting Sugar Intake

As you probably know, sugary foods and beverages can put you at higher risk of tooth decay. Be mindful of your sugar intake and strive for a well-balanced, healthy diet. 

Visiting the Dentist

Make a habit of visiting our Vancouver office for a dental checkup at least twice a year. Regular exams address tartar buildup and halt tooth decay before it can cause permanent damage.

Will Treatment Hurt? 

Most of our Vancouver patients experience no pain when getting a filling. If you have concerns about discomfort, we can offer dental sedation in addition to local anesthesia to help you feel at ease. 

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Enlighten Dental

At Enlighten Dental, we are dedicated to improving both your oral and overall health. Our holistic approach to dentistry allows us to provide lasting, comprehensive results. Learn more about our team:

For more information about our services, call (604) 876-9228 or contact us online today.

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