Dental Fillings

To treat a cavity your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then "fill" the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding).

What types of filling materials are available?

Today, several dental filling materials are available. At Striegel Family Dentistry we are proud to office white (tooth colored) fillings to our patients. Teeth can be filled with gold; porcelain; amalgam or tooth-colored, plastic, and materials called composite resin fillings. There is also a material that contains glass particles and is known as glass ionomer. This material is used in ways similar to the use of composite resin fillings.

The location and extent of the decay, cost of filling material, your insurance coverage, and your dentist's recommendation assist in determining the type of filling best for you.

CITATION:  Friedman, M. (2019, October 10). Dental Fillings: Gold, Amalgam, Composite, Ceramic and More. Retrieved January 03, 2021, from