Cavities are common occurrences

Most people will have a cavity at one point

A cavity is a hole in the tooth that can be caused by a number of factors. The causes of tooth decay can include your diet if it’s high in carbohydrates or sugary foods, gum disease, and aging. Some types of dental work can even cause cavities.

Reasons for Getting a Filling

Fillings are used to restore teeth that have sustained damage. A filling is often used when someone has a cavity caused by tooth decay and might also be used in some other circumstances too. If you damage your tooth for another reason, such as in an accident, a filling might help to fill a gap.

Available Filling Materials

If you need to have a filling, one of the most important things to consider is which material to use. Fillings have existed for many years, and in that time a range of different materials have been used for them.


Most common types

Metal amalgam fillings have been in use for more than a century. They are durable and affordable and have been tested more than any other material.

  • They are also perfectly safe, despite some concerns about mercury content.
  • Some people dislike the color of amalgam fillings so, while they might choose them for molars, they prefer other materials for more visible teeth.

Other types

Other types of filling include ionomers, porcelain fillings, porcelain-fused-to-metal, gold or base metal alloys, indirect composites, and bondings. All of these filling types offer different advantages and disadvantages for different purposes.

  • An ionomer is often used to fill a cavity on the root surface of the teeth.
  • Porcelain fillings and veneers offer a great look for anyone looking for the right aesthetics.
  • Gold alloy fillings are extremely durable, although the color doesn’t match natural teeth.

Talk to Dr. Delafraz

About which type of filling might be best for you!