Amalgam, or silver, fillings are made up of a variety of metals. This type of filling, along with composite fillings, is used to fill cavities. Amalgam fillings are a safe and less expensive alternative to composite fillings. There is a proven track record of over 150 years that shows amalgam fillings as one of the safest and least expensive fillings used in dentistry.
Composite, or tooth colored, fillings are made up of plastic and ceramic compounds used to restore a tooth that has decay. There are many benefits to having a tooth colored filling. One of the major benefits are that it’s more aesthetically pleasing as opposed to a silver filling. It also bonds to the remainder of the tooth helping to prevent breakage.