Dentistry has come a long way! There are so many different types of fillings for your teeth. It may be overwhelming to pick the right type for your needs. 

We’ve got you covered. We’re going to break down each type so you can feel confident in your choice.

Amalgam Filling

This type of filling has been around for quite a while. It uses a combination of silver, mercury, and other metals. They’re the budget friendly option and they last several years. They can take some real wear and tear.

However, they are silver in appearance and can change color over time. And, although it’s deemed safe for 6 year olds and up, you may not want mercury in your mouth.

That being said, if you are pregnant or have kidney problems, you should not consider this option due to the mercury.

Composite Filling

Made with acrylic and ceramic resin, these fillings are a big hit with the majority of patients. That’s because it can be colored to look just like your teeth, making it the cosmetically pleasing option.

An adhesive is used to bond the filling to the tooth, making it a quick procedure.

Sadly, it doesn’t last as long amalgam fillings and therefore can be used where there isn’t a lot of pressure or chewing.

But it does last a little longer if you stick to a good oral health care routine.

Gold Filling

With longevity comes a higher price. 

Gold will last much longer than the previous options but it doesn’t come cheap. This is also a custom build, meaning more trips to the dentist office. 

You may feel like a 100 bucks but that gold filling will be painfully obvious, if it’s not your style.


This filling type is similar to gold, as it’s expensive and requires more time at the dentist. 

What differentiates them is that they are weaker and they will help you maintain a more natural look as this filling closely resembles a real tooth.

Glass Ionomer Filling

Glass Ionomer filling is used for smaller areas near the gum, away from where chewing would occur. 

These are quite weak and most likely won’t last more than 5 years. This is a great option for children as they’ll most likely grow out new teeth, nullifying the durability concerns.

We hope this helps you with picking the best filling type for your teeth. If you’re looking to fill your teeth, then book with us today!

These tips should help you with minimizing plaque and maintaining your oral health. But if you’re in need of a check-up then book an appointment with us now!

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