Dental filling is when dentists remove tooth cavities and fill in the void with a synthetic material. Fillings come in two varieties, white or silver, although gold fillings are also available but mostly obsolete these days. Silver fillings, Amalgams, contains mercury, which is a known toxin. We stay away from Amalgam because of its mercury content as well as its poor esthetics. White fillings, Composites or Resins, are made from a plastic compound containing fillers which is both sturdy and esthetically appealing. White fillings come in a variety of shades to better match your existing tooth color and give them a natural appearance. We only use white fillings at Oceansight Dental & Implants. Not only are white fillings durable and beautiful, but the newer generation of white fillings can handle bite pressure adequately. This makes white fillings an acceptable option for restoring both front and back teeth. White fillings are preferred over silver ones because they look more natural and don’t contain any mercury. And since white fillings cost much less than crowns do, they are a more affordable alternative to crowns whenever given a choice.
White fillings are a good option to fix small to medium-sized cavities and broken teeth. However, if the extent of decay or fracture is very extensive then fillings won’t get the job done. For larger defects, you need to place a crown on your tooth instead. The best way to determine which option is best for you is by consulting your dentist to see if you’re a candidate for receiving a filling.