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Victoria Ramos – D.M.D.  at Aleris Salem Dental Center
Elena Siniaver – D.M.D.  at Aleris Salem Dental Center

Dental Restoration: 5 Different Types of Tooth Fillings

Dental fillings are used to fill in teeth that have been affected by tooth decay and cavities. When patients develop cavities, the dentist removes portions of the natural teeth that are infected. Tooth fillings can prevent infection. If you need dental work like a root canal performed across several visits, a temporary tooth filling can be placed to give the tooth and gums ample time to heal. Dental fillings are not only used to fill decayed teeth but can be used also to repair cracked or broken teeth.


Dental fillings are so important because we restore the function, integrity, morphology, and aesthetic of the decayed tooth! When it comes to having a cavity filled, it’s important to know that you have the right to decide, after consultation with your dentist, what treatments and materials are used for your dental care. Your dentist considers materials to use on an individualized basis, considering the size and location of your cavity. Cosmetic considerations, how long the filling could last, insurance coverage, and out-of-pocket costs are some other factors you might want to consider. The ADA encourages you to talk with your dentist so that together you may choose the material that’s right for you.

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Tooth Fillings in Salem, MA

Here are types of dental fillings:

  • Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, are a mixture of glass or quartz filler that provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. Modern dental fillings nowadays are very unnoticeable compared with old amalgam fillings. Composite dental fillings match the shade and color of your teeth

  • Dental amalgam, sometimes described as "silver-colored" fillings, is made from a combination of metals that include mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Dental amalgam has been used for generations by dentists. Traditional amalgam tooth fillings are of lower cost compared to other types of fillings and are completed in just one visit. However, amalgam fillings are less attractive and may tend to expand and contract, meaning that they may cause a tooth to crack as compared with other filling materials.

  • Ceramic fillings or Inlays/Onlays/Overlays. Ceramic teeth fillings are often made of porcelain that is durable, strong, and matches teeth color. Ceramic teeth fillings will require more than one visit for fitting.

  • Gold fillings are composed of an alloy of gold, copper, and other metals. Gold has been used in dentistry for more than 1,000 years due to its durability. They are sturdy and non-corrosive. However, gold fillings cost much more than traditional silver amalgam fillings. Gold tooth filings will also require more than one visit for fitting.

  • Glass ionomers. These glass and acrylic fillings are short-term fillings that are commonly done for children whose teeth are still changing. Also, they can release fluoride, which can help prevent tooth decay.

For more information about dental filling options, please call Aleris Salem Dental Center at (855) 745-0055 or contact us online. Schedule your consultation with the best dentists in Salem, MA!

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