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At Shoreham Family Dental we offer either silver or porcelain/white fillings. Traditionally, fillings were placed using Silver Amalgam, but your choices are Gold, Porcelain, Silver Amalgam and an abundance of composite materials (generically known as white fillings) that come in many formulas. There are several kinds of white fillings and when and how they are used is very important. We will help you decide which filling is best for you.

Silver Amalgam

Silver is strong and works well in the back of the mouth where heavy chewing takes place. It has been used for over 200 years and has stood the test of time. It is the most cost effective material but of course it's drawback is esthetics. Most patients today want tooth-colored materials.

White Fillings (Composites)

A well-placed composite can last as long as a silver filling. However, in some areas of the mouth it will wear 3 to 10 times faster. There are also many blends of composites that fit specific situations. Composites are technique sensitive materials and require special training to place them correctly. At Shoreham Family Dental we are specially trained at placing these composite fillings. This training is usually obtained in special 'hands-on' clinical courses.