Two most known types of fillings are the silver amalgam and tooth-colored composite, there are other options out there for you also. Here are different types of fillings that are available.
Silver amalgam is widely known filling material. The popularity of amalgam among dentists is because it is affordable as well as its strength and durability. And even though they are not aesthetically pleasing, these fillings can typically last 15 years or longer. There is no concern about contamination from saliva or blood.
Composite fillings are very popular because of the same color appearance that can be matched to the shade of your existing teeth.
This filling can be durable till 5 years.
Ceramic fillings are made of porcelain and are both durable as well as aesthetically pleasing. This material is expensive than the other filling materials, but ceramics are tooth-colored and more resistant to stain and abrasion.
Glass ionomers are made of glass and acrylic. It is long lasts upto 5 years. They are a mostly choice for children whose teeth are continuous changing. It releases fluoride, which helps to protect the tooth from decay.
Gold fillings are also used to do filling and it is an expensive solution but the gold material is sturdy and non-corrosive.