Amalgam(silver) fillings have been used for over 100 years. Amalgam is used mainly on the back chewing teeth because of its strength and durability. It is often the least costly option to fix a routine cavity or small fracture in a back tooth.
Direct Composite fillings: These are also called "tooth colored" or "bonded" fillings. They can generally be used in both front and back teeth. They are more aesthetic than silver fillings. Direct composite fillings are generally used for routine cavities, closing small spaces between your front teeth and repairing notches that can develop at the gum line area of a tooth. Unlike silver fillings, you can chew on a composite filling the same day that it is placed. Although composites are less wear resistant than amalgam, they can last for many years.
Laboratory (indirect) Processed Restorations:These restorations are made in a dental lab from an impression we take of the prepared tooth. They are indicated for teeth needing a larger filling. These provide the additional strength and durability that a basic composite or amalgam filling can not provide. These can be tooth colored, gold or silver colored.