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Jennifer J. Cornell | DDS, FAGD
Donald A. Jones | DDS, FAGD, MAGD, ABGD
Sruthi Rose Keeling | DMD, AEGD


The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material. The traditional filling material is the silver amalgam.  This restorative material has been around for ages and stills serves a purpose in restoring teeth from decay and in some instances fracture of the back teeth.

With today’s advancements in materials we as dental professionals can now use tooth colored bonded material in the back teeth where in the past this material was not as strong on only used in the non-load bearing front teeth.  Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.

Comparing White Fillings Versus Silver Amalgam Fillings:

  • White fillings bond to the tooth; they strengthen the tooth by restoring most of its original shape. Silver amalgams, on the other hand, weaken the teeth and make them more susceptible to breaking over time. Broken teeth can be very expensive to replace; whitefilling material can actually save time and money in the long run
  • White filling composites are preferred by most patients. This is due to the natural color, strength and overall appearance and feel. Composites are naturally more comfortable.
  • Restorations with composites require less removal of tooth, less structure to place than those with amalgams and especially with new cavities. Dramatically smaller holes are needed with a composite.
  • Silver amalgam fillings are less expensive and still used today for those who feel they cannot afford white fillings.
  • Silver amalgam fillings can over time stain the tooth a dark grey to black color around the margins of the filling. This is not so with white composite fillings.
  • There has been much talk about the health risks associated with silver amalgam material. The American Dental Association continues to stand behind this filling material and has found no credible scientific research to back such claims.
  • Any time there is not enough tooth structure remaining to hold a filling an indirect restoration such as a porcelain onlay or full coverage crown may be needed.

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