Dental fillings are typically used to restore tooth cavities, but can be also used to repair broken, cracked or worn teeth to restore health and avoid further decay.

There are a range of materials used for dental fillings and the recommended choice will depend on the size and location of your dental filling as well as your cosmetic concerns and goals. Novi, MI family dentist Dr. Christopher Paulson often recommends composite resin fillings, also called “white fillings”, for restorations that blend seamlessly with your natural smile.

Types of Dental Fillings

  • Amalgam, or silver fillings: the traditional material used for dental fillings, amalgam remains widely used today for its durability and reasonable cost.
  • Gold fillings: a costly dental filling alternative, gold is an option for larger back teeth with varied biting surfaces because of its strength and lasting durability.
  • Composite resin: also called a white filling, composite resin is also a durable material that can be color matched for a natural looking result, especially recommended for teeth that are visible when smiling.
  • Porcelain fillings: also known as an inlay or onlay, a porcelain fillings provides superior strength and stain resistance as well as an aesthetically pleasing result.