Fillings come in different materials and we use different materials depending on the circumstances and condition of the tooth
- Amalgam fillings (known as black or silver fillings) are used mostly in molar teeth.
- It is hard wearing and can last years.
- The downside to them is that they aren’t tooth coloured and they aren’t bonded to the tooth.
- They also contain mercury, meaning that they cannot be used or adjusted during pregnancy
- These are another type of filling available but not usually used as a permanent filling.
- They are more commonly used for repairing failing fillings and children’s fillings.
- They are normally white/ tooth coloured and stick to the teeth.
- They can contain fluoride making them useful for people more at risk of decay.