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Cavities aren’t a pleasant experience, but unfortunately, the majority of the population will have one or two, at least, in their lifetime. When you have a cavity, your dentist at Crossroads Dental will likely recommend a number of different filling options based on your needs.

Let’s look at what those options are.

Composite Resins

If you have a cavity in a tooth that’s highly visible in your smile, then you’ll likely want a composite resin filling. These are made from a tooth-colored material and easily fix small to mid-sized fillings. These fillings can be used in both front and back teeth.

Amalgam Fillings

These are the most common type of filling, made from a conglomeration of metals such as silver, tin, copper, and mercury. These are the gray-colored fillings you see in molars and other teeth that aren’t visible in a smile. These fillings are a more affordable option than composite resins, but they don’t match the color of your teeth.

Gold Fillings

If you’re feeling like you want an extra sparkle in your smile, you can get gold fillings. It’s an incredibly durable material, and has been used in dentistry for more than 1,000 years! However, as you can imagine, gold fillings are on the higher end of cost.

The filling that’s best for you depends largely on what tooth is affected and where it’s at in your smile. Both of those aspects factor into the end decision you’ll make with your dentist to get your smile back to looking the way it should.