What Are Tooth Fillings Made Of?
Dental fillings can be made of a number of different materials, including:
- Dental amalgam (‘silver’ fillings)
- Composite resin (‘tooth-coloured’ fillings)
- Glass-ionomer cement
- Gold (rarely used)
Silver fillings were the most common even just a few decades ago, however, the natural composite resin ‘tooth coloured’ filling has understandably become the favoured option among most patients. Nevertheless, each option has its advantages and disadvantages. It’s best to discuss these with your dentist in order to arrive at an informed decision.