Our office offers both tooth colored and silver fillings. Factors including the location of cavity, size of cavity, and risk of cavities in the future are all taken into consideration by the dentist prior to selecting the best filling material for each individual case.  Silver fillings (amalgam) have a long, proven track record and have been found to be an effective restorative material. In areas that require a large filling and are not visible, silver fillings are beneficial.  Silver fillings are capable of withstanding the strong forces that are placed on back teeth with large restorations.

Tooth colored fillings (composites or glass ionomers) are used in areas where an esthetic filling is needed, such as front teeth, or teeth that can be seen while talking or smiling. These fillings are carefully shade matched to provide an appearance very similar to the natural tooth structure.   White fillings bond to the tooth and can sometimes be used for cosmetic purposes to fill spaces or hide undesirable staining.  In addition, smaller fillings on back teeth can restored with a tooth colored filling.