Fillings (Metal or White):

  • Amalgam fillings (also known as silver fillings) have been used for many years and are considered strong, durable and relatively inexpensive compared to other materials. Although strong and effective, many patients do not choose to use amalgam fillings because of esthetics (the silver color can be visible while eating, speaking, or smiling).
  • Composite fillings (also known as white fillings) are made of a glass or quartz filler within a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored material, the shade of composite filling material is made to closely match the patientís actual teeth, so that other people will not be aware that dental work has been done. They are an excellent choice of restoration material, for not only do they match the color of the tooth, but they also require less tooth structure to be removed when placing, as compared to an amalgam (mercury or silver) filling. Also, the composite material is bonded (or glued) to the tooth.