Silver-colored fillings, or amalgam fillings, have been used for generations in dentistry. They are very durable and long lasting. Amalgam is made from a combination of metals, including mercury, silver, tin, and copper. The filling sets quicker than composites, making it an ideal filling material for those who are not able to sit still for long periods of time. Because of its durability, it is a great option for treating larger cavities on back teeth.
Our cavity treatment comparison chart can help you see if this is a good option for you.