Tooth fillings are a standard dental procedure used to treat cavities and restore the structure of a tooth. There are different fillings, each with its benefits and uses. Knowing about these options can help you make a well-informed decision about your dental treatment.

Let’s understand the various types of tooth restoration and fillings you can get for damaged or missing teeth.

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  1. Amalgam Restorations

 Amalgam: Silver fillings contain metal alloys like silver, mercury, tin, and copper. They have been used in dentistry for a long time and are believed to be hard and strong. 

amalgam restoration




Ideal Uses

When it comes to amalgam fillings, it is best to use them on the posterior teeth—the molars and premolars—because these areas often need the strength and material resilience that amalgam can provide.

2. Composite Resin Restorations 

Composite resin restorative material combines plastic with a small amount of other particles. It is tooth-colored, meaning it mimics the existing teeth.                                                

tooth fissure restoration




Ideal Uses

People who need fillings should opt for composite resin fillings, especially when a tooth is to be filled in an easily seen area. The material used can easily match the color of your teeth. Composite resin fillings are also used as a tactic for midsize openings. 

3. Ceramic Fillings 

Porcelain-filled ceramics are also other filler types that are tooth colored in nature. These are characterized by their natural look and ability to resist staining.                                                     

ceramic crown fixation






Ideal Uses

Ceramic fillings are recommended for those who want a long-lasting, natural-looking solution where the tooth or teeth will be visible, or the patient’s teeth are prone to staining.


4. Gold Fillings 

Gold fillings, inlays, and onlays are made from gold alloy. They are highly durable and biocompatible.

Gold Fillings






Ideal Uses

Gold fillings should be placed in the most significant loads, the molars and premolars; the cosmetic value of the teeth could be more substantial here. 


5. Glass Ionomer Fillings 

GIC fillings consist of a combination of glass and acrylic, commonly called silica. They are white and sealant, and the fluoride they provide prevents the tooth from further erosion. They are most widely used in restorative dentistry.







Ideal Uses

Glass ionomer fillings are preferable on children’s teeth, especially the primary teeth, and on those areas of the teeth that do not bear the force of chewing. They are also applied for the following groups of patients: with root caries or as an underlying material for other types of fillings.


Choosing the correct type of tooth filling depends on various factors, including the location of the cavity, aesthetic preferences, budget, and the dentist’s recommendation. Ensure you ask for a comprehensive dental consultation before tooth restoration.

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