Fillings help restore damaged teeth from decay. They prevent further decay and bring the tooth back to its normal function. Your dentist will consider many different factors when it comes to choosing what kind of filling material is best of you. Here are a few different types of fillings your dentist may recommend for you.



Made of: Silver, tin, copper, mercury, and zinc mixture.

Used for: Fillings in back molars

Lasts: About 10 years, usually longer

Cost: The least expensive material


Composite Resin

Made of: A mixture of plastic and fine glass

Used for: Small and large fillings, mostly in front teeth

Last: At least five years

Costs: More than amalgam, less than gold


Cast Gold

Made of: Gold mixed with other metals

User for: Inlays, onlays, and crowns

Last: At least 15 years

Costs: More than other materials, 6 times more than amalgam



Made of: Porcelain

Used for: implants, veneers, onlays, inlays, and crowns

Lasts: More than seven years

Costs: More than composite, up to the amount of gold.



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