Amalgam Fillings vs. Tooth Colored Fillings

We will take the time to inform you of the advantages and disadvantages of the different kinds of fillings available, so that you can make an informed choice based on your health goals. Please know that all filling materials breakdown overtime. Dr. Saleh can determine if your fillings need to be replaced or not.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Silver Fillings


Silver fillings last approximately 10-12 years before they breakdown and need replacement. They are less expensive when compared to tooth colored fillings.


Silver fillings contain small amounts of mercury and can cause stains on your teeth & gums.

Silver fillings can safely be replaced with tooth-colored restorations.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations


Tooth colored restorations can be directly placed inside your tooth in one appointment. This type of restoration is called “Composite.” There are also resin or porcelain inlays and onlays that can be placed on the tooth when the outside walls are weak & compromised. This type of procedure requires two appointments.

All tooth colored restorations are attached to the tooth structure by a method called “bonding”. The result is a beautiful and natural looking smile!


Tooth colored restorations are more expensive in comparison to silver fillings. Please ask us to find out if your insurance plan provides you with coverage or not. If you clench or grind your teeth, you will benefit from wearing a custom fabricated night guard made by Dr. Saleh to prevent early wear or breakage of your fillings.

The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has concluded that both amalgam and composite materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration.