Fillings are used by a dentist to repair a tooth that has been damaged by a cavity or decay. The most common material used in fillings is a mixture of metals called an amalgam or silver filling. This is the least expensive option but not the most popular because of its noticeable dark colour.

Other options are:

  • Gold
  • Porcelain
  • Composite resin

Which type is best “\will be determined by the extent of the repair in combination with how well the filling blends with the teeth without being obvious. The choice of filling can also be partly a personal choice and you can read more on this topic at