A filling is a type of material that fills in a part of a tooth structure that has been damaged from decay or external trauma. External trauma can include grinding, nail-biting, cracking, breaking, or general wear and tear.
Fillings are made from a variety of materials, including:
- Gold- lasts more than 20 years, but requires several visits and can be expensive
- Porcelain- can be made to match the color of the tooth and resists staining
- Silver Amalgam- resists basic wear and tear, but is more noticeable because of its dark color
- Composite Resin- can be made to match the color of the tooth, but only last 3 - 10 years
The cost of a filling depends on the material used and your insurance plan.Browse Full Glossary