Several different materials are used for dental fillings, including gold, metal, ceramic and porcelain. Still, the two primary materials used are white (which is called composite resin) and silver (which is called amalgam.) Each of these fillings has its pros and cons. Several factors are involved when choosing which filling material will work best for you, such as the cavity’s location and size and your dentist’s recommendation.
White dental fillings are the most popular type of dental filling material to fill cavities, chips, fractures and wear spots. White fillings are made of composite resin, which will match seamlessly with your tooth shade because it comes in a variety of different shades of white. White fillings are the obvious choice for any restorative work that needs to be completed in the front.
Silver fillings are made from amalgam and were by far the most popular filling material up until 20 or so years ago when composite resin fillings became more popular and used more frequently. Silver fillings hold up well over time, but there is controversy surrounding them because they contain mercury. Depending on your teeth, the condition of your silver fillings, and your dentist’s recommendation, your silver fillings can either be left and monitored or recommended to be replaced and changed to white fillings.
If you have any questions about white fillings vs. silver fillings, or if you have any concerns about your current silver fillings, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.