When the enamel on your teeth gets destroyed, tooth decay sets in and this will result in requiring some
sort of dental filling to fix the problem. Once the enamel on your tooth is broken down by plaque it opens
the door for cavities to form, which is really just a little hole in your tooth.
The good news
is that you have several options when it comes to dental fillings.
Dental fillings now come in several options, from the traditional amalgam (silver) to the newer porcelain and
composite fillings that offer a natural-looking alternative for those that prefer that their fillings
look more natural.
Silver Amalgam Fillings
Silver amalgam fillings are made from a combination of metals including silver, tin, copper and mercury. These are
the fillings that are usually referred to as "silver" fillings and these fillings have been used for over 100 years
by dentists because they are extremely durable and long lasting, as well as being less expensive than composite fillings.
Composite Dental Fillings
Composite fillings, also referred to as tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite of resins, and are
designed to provide good durability. They are often used on the teeth that are more visible because this type
of filling is more natural looking.