Mercury Free, Downtown Calgary Dentist

The idea of getting a cavity fills many people with dread. Dental fear leads many to avoid seeing their downtown Calgary dentist in the first place. We get it—having dental work done is not everyone’s idea of a great day. However, getting the work done right away will save a lot of heartaches (and toothaches) in the long run.

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Many people are able to recognize when they have a cavity—they experience sensitivity to sweet foods. Anticipating this discomfort can be emotionally stressful. Worrying about the dental procedure and cost can also be disheartening.

We’ve seen patients avoid their favourite foods or going out with friends and family because they’re afraid of experiencing pain. We should be able to enjoy our life, foods, and friends without worrying about our teeth.

This is just one reason why we encourage patients to go to a walk in dental clinic or visit a Calgary emergency dentist, like Dr. Westersund, as soon as they notice a problem. Booking an appointment for a filling (Tooth Filling Calgary) earlier, they have not to suffer more than they have to if they come in late to the dentist.  Or, better yet, see their dentist regularly.

Why We Encourage Our Patients to Choose Mercury Free Fillings

At some point, nearly everyone will need a filling. When that happens, we highly recommend seeing a mercury free dentist. Why no mercury? Mercury causes a lot of health problems.

Amalgam fillings are made of silver, mercury, copper and other metals. These metals when mixed “amalgamate” together. Dentists have been placing and removing amalgam fillings for decades with no evidence of widespread adverse health affects.

Many of our patients have replaced amalgam fillings with white fillings because of concerns over filling breakdown. To some people, white fillings also appear more attractive.

Over time, silver-mercury (amalgam) fillings can fail or corrode in your mouth, with these possible results:

  • Decay from the leaching of saliva around the amalgam filling
  • Fractured teeth resulting from filling expansion and tooth cracking
  • A Root canal treatment as a result of decay under the filling
  • Loss of tooth structure requiring a tooth replacement with a crown

The major health concerns that arise with mercury fillings

When patients have amalgam fillings, which contain mercury, they are putting themselves at risk. So it is better to go through a Dental Filling Calgary treatment when you have a concern that your teeth may contain marcury. Mercury causes…

  • damage to the immune system
  • complications in the heart, brain, lungs, and kidneys

Something as simple as chewing can releases mercury into the bloodstream.

The choices we provide: mercury free fillings

Thankfully, there are options. These include white and gold fillings.

  • White fillings made from a composite plastic.
  • Porcelain White fillings
  • A gold filling is custom made at a dental laboratory and then cemented into the tooth. Also long-lasting and  a safe options

Today, many people are also choosing plastic and porcelain restorations to restore their teeth. By replacing your mercury fillings with plastic or porcelain restorations, we try to restore your tooth’s natural strength, and the natural colour of your teeth at the same time. No filling material is perfect, so be sure to ask about the difference between your restorative choices.

Porcelain white fillings vs. Plastic white fillings


  • Tooth coloured
  • Bonded to teeth
  • Up to 75 percent of tooth’s strength
  • More porous and possibly weaker than your own tooth
  • Shorter term longevity in some cases of excessive wear


  • Tooth coloured
  • Bonded to teeth
  • Newer porcelain materials can be stronger than actual tooth enamel
  • Very dense and non-porous
  • Often a longer term option in larger restorative situations

Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) Crown

Some cavities are more serious than others. In many cases, our patients are required to restore the function of their teeth through dental crowns.


  • Traditional style crown created to help improve the appearance of a full metal crown that is made from a gold alloy
  • Fairly durable and easy to cement into place.
  • Porcelain may fracture off of metal but metal rarely breaks.


  • Can be aesthetically challenging in areas that are visible when you smile.
  • Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns often have an opaque look due to metal substructure (some say the crowns look like a piece of Chiclet gum). Light cannot pass through it and may not match vital natural teeth adjacent to it.
  • May require more tooth structure removed than a bonded porcelain restoration to achieve room for the crown’s construction
  • Is not ‘”see-through” in radiographs (x-rays) so impossible to tell what is happening under the PFM crown.
  • Is cemented, not bonded to the tooth structure and may come off more easily with sticky or gooey foods.
  • Gum tissue may respond with a chronic inflammation or redness around the edges of the crowns that is not seen with full porcelain restorations.

Choose mercury free: Dr. Curtis Westersund, Dentist Calgary AB

We understand that hearing that you have decay and need a filling can be annoying and even heartbreaking. Calgary Cavity Repair seems worrying to many patients even however, we encourage you to visit us right away to prevent further damage. Whether you suspect that you need a filling or want to prevent future fillings, we can help.

Are you looking for a dentist in downtown Calgary who will take the time to listen to your cares and concerns? We are happy to answer whatever dental questions you have. Please call us at 403 262-9898 today or book an appointment with your direct billing dentist office, today.