After decay is removed from
a tooth, something must be placed in that space to give
strength back to the tooth. Fillings are the most common
Silver (amalgam) fillings: Silver fillings
have been used reliably for many years. Typically,
silver fillings are placed on back teeth (molars).
They are an economical way of providing a lasting
restoration for most cavities.
The material is specially formulated to withstand
years of chewing pressure.
White fillings: White fillings are an attractive,
durable alternative to silver (amalgam) fillings.
White fillings are made of a strong composite resin
that is matched to the surrounding tooth color.
In the past, white fillings were placed only on
front teeth, but recently a stronger more durable
material has been developed that can withstand the
chewing pressure of back teeth.