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Are tooth colored fillings better than silver fillings?

Tooth colored fillings (also known as resin or composite fillings) and silver (amalgam) fillings are both excellent materials with different pros and cons. The majority of the fillings we do at Springbrook Family Dentistry are tooth colored fillings. Most patients prefer these due to better esthetics. Resin fillings are also great because they are more conservative than silver fillings so we do not need to drill as much since we chemically bond them into place.

While silver filings (amalgams) aren’t the prettiest, they can often be extremely durable and last a very long time! We use amalgams in situations where the tooth is extremely compromised and we cannot get a completely isolated field, which is necessary for a resin.

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