Pros and Cons of Tooth Colored Fillings

Fillings, as the name implies, are used to fill the hole left behind after the removal of a decayed part of the teeth. Dentists make use of different materials for the purpose of tooth fillings, with each having their own pros and cons.

Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth colored fillings, also known as white fillings or composite resins, resemble the natural appearance of the structure of the tooth to be filled. These fillings are used in case of decay or fracture occurring in the teeth, and even for the purpose of cosmetically altering the color, shape, and size of the teeth. Tooth colored fillings come in handy to give a straighter or more even look, in mending teeth that are chipped, and in closing gaps amid the teeth.

Amalgam Fillings

This is another type of filling that can be used for the teeth. Amalgam is an abiding traditional material that is used for tooth fillings. It is constructed out of mercury, copper, tin, silver and zinc. These types of fillings, namely, silver amalgam, are said to provide a cost-effective option and can be noticeable in the teeth of someone who has had an amalgam filling.

Pros of Tooth Colored Fillings:

  1. Tooth colored fillings have the potential to appear natural

Tooth colored fillings closely resemble the natural tooth in terms of color as well as appearance.  On the other hand amalgam fillings can be noticeable particularly if someone smiles or laughs, that might provide an unappealing look for some people.

  1. Restore the original strength of your tooth

It is said that the connection of tooth colored fillings to the tooth brings back 85%-95% of the original strength of the tooth.

  1. Becomes firm quickly

Tooth colored fillings have the ability to become firm in a span of seconds whereas some other materials can take days.

Cons of tooth colored fillings:

  1. Tooth colored fillings can be expensive

This is one of the disadvantages of tooth color fillings that they are expensive than amalgam fillings and may not be affordable for everyone.

  1. Can get stained

Recurrent drinking of dark liquids like tea or coffee can cause tooth colored fillings to get stained. Eating foods comprising of rich dyes can also contribute to staining.


Before going ahead with tooth colored fillings, it is recommended to consult a reputable dentist with relevant experience in dental care.


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