Wondering what kinds are available for dental fillings? Most dentists offer a range of different materials for fillings, which may include:
Metal-amalgam-These fillings fill the tooth with a blend of silver, mercury, tin, and copper. They’re durable and powerful, but they look unnatural and give your tooth a greyish tint, so they’re not very popular.
Composite-Composite or “tooth-colored” fillings use crushed glass and dental resin in a tooth-colored blend. These fillings are very durable and long-lasting, and just like a natural part of your tooth look and feel as well.
Glass-ionomer cement (GIC)-Typically used for smaller cavities, this type of special glass is not usually the best choice for extensive fillings, but when used to treat smaller cavities, it offers great durability and longevity.