Tooth colored fillings (composite) vs silver filling (Amalgam)

Fillings help restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal function, and can prevent further decay. Dr. Ami will consider a number of factors when choosing which type of filling material is best for you. These factors include the extent of the repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed and the cost.

Composite Filling

These are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a plastic resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They are recommended only for the repair of small-to-mid size chips, fractures, or cavities and can be used to repair both front and back teeth. Composites provide good durability and resistance to fracture in teeth that need to withstand mild to moderate chewing pressure.

Amalgam filling:

Are they safe?

Millions of people have amalgam fillings. Concern has been raised over the mercury in amalgam.

Many studies on the safety of amalgam fillings have been done. In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluated this research. It found no reason to limit the use of amalgam. The FDA concluded that amalgam fillings are safe for adults and children ages 6 and above.

However, some groups asked the FDA to reconsider. That review is under way.

See the FDA’s amalgam information page to learn more.