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White fillings versus silver fillings

White Fillings (Composite Resin)

At Allen Dental, we use white (composite resin) fillings for when correcting cavities. A white-colored composite resin filling is the most conservative restorative option for a decayed or broken tooth in dentistry today. The composite resin filling material is available in many shades to match the color of the tooth that it will be placed in. Using a white filling material is not just about aesthetics; it is also about conserving your tooth structure.

When a tooth has decay present and needs to be fixed, a white filling only requires the removal of the diseased tooth structure (the cavity). In contrast, when using silver (amalgam) fillings, healthy enamel and dentin is removed. See the difference below.

Silver (Amalgam) Fillings

  • Do not seal teeth
  • Do not reinforce the remaining tooth structure
  • Do not allow conservation of tooth structure
  • Are not aesthetically pleasing

White (Composite Resin) Fillings

  • Seal teeth
  • Chemically bond to enamel and dentin for strength and durability
  • Very conservative of healthy tooth structure
  • Are very aesthetic

At Allen Dental, we can remove the failing silver fillings (and any decay caused by the filling) and replace them with white fillings for a healthier, longer-lasting, and more appealing filling.