You have probably experienced tooth decay and had it restored using a filling.
A direct restoration involves placing a soft or malleable material directly into the tooth before the material sets hard.
The materials used for dental fillings today mainly consist of dental composites and silver amalgam.
At the clinic, we prefer to use dental composite fillings (white fillings).
White fillings are slightly more expensive than silver amalgam. In return they are tooth coloured, their strength and durability is high and they are much better for the environment.
Silver amalgam, has for the last 150 years, been the most widely used material for dental fillings. Silver amalgam contain mercury at levels that are not harmful to human health, but if you are pregnant and / or environmentally conscious, dental composite fillings should definitely be considered as an alternative without heavy metals.
Dental fillings is used to restore tooth decay.
Fillings are made of plastic or silver amalgam, which is soft and malleable materials.
In severe cases it may be necessary to have a gold or porcelain as teeth restoration material.