Comparison of cavity treatment methods

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Silver filling Tooth colored filling Gold filling
Also known as Amalgam filling Composite filling Gold inlay/onlay
Appearance silver tooth colored, natural gold
Material an alloy of metals including mercury, silver, tin and copper composite resin gold & high noble metals
Best used for back teeth. great for large fillings that need support front and back teeth back teeth. great for large fillings that need support. especially durable
Considerations not ideal for front teeth for cosmetic reasons not ideal for teeth that cannot be isolated during placement of the filling requires 2 or more appointments
Cost $ $$ $$$

- Krystle Lim DDS, Santa Rosa Blank