Silver Fillings (Amalgam)
Silver fillings are a good option for molar restorations. They are often stronger when used for biting and chewing on a consistent basis. They have been used for many years and have proven to be a good option for many people. With age, the metal of a silver filling can expand and contract which will sometimes lead to cracks or chips in the teeth in which they are placed.
Composite fillings are most commonly used in the front teeth or any area in which your teeth are showing within your smile. Our office uses white fillings often and will always ask patient preference before going ahead. Composite fillings are much stronger than they were in the past and can now be used for virtually any restoration. Often, if an older silver filling breaks we choose to replace it in white to help “glue” the tooth back together. Metal and white fillings have a slightly different placement procedure so where a metal filling fails a white one could potentially fix the issue. White fillings tend to stay temperature sensitive a bit longer after placement.