A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost due to accidental damage or because of tooth decay. A filling can be:
White (composite) – this filling material will match the color of your tooth and is a popular alternative to the older ‘Silver’ filings.
Silver (amalgam) – this filling material is strong and long lasting but is in most cases a second choice to white fillings as people find it unattractive or are concerned about possible health risks.
Porcelain/Gold – If a filling is particularly large and your dentist feels it may not be strong enough a crown or a filling made of gold or porcelain(white) may be recommended.