Composite fillings or “tooth colored” fillings are made from a mixture of hard, plastic-based materials that can be easily colored to resemble a natural tooth. Because of their natural appearance and more affordable prices, composite fillings are increasingly being used as an alternative to silver amalgam. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.
An amalgam is a filling material that has been used by dentists for over 150 years. A mixture of metals that typically includes mercury, silver, copper, tin and zinc. Amalgam fillings are commonly referred to as “silver fillings”.