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Getting a filling is one of the most common dental procedures in the country for combating tooth decay. Specifically, when you have a small-to-medium sized cavity, Dr. Ryan Wilson will likely recommend a filling to fix the cavity and restore your tooth’s health.

However, there are many different types of fillings, and before getting one it’s important to understand them all. Let’s look at a few of them today.


These are the most common types of fillings, are the least expensive, and last around 10 years – or longer, if you commit to good oral health habits.

However, they don’t match the color of your teeth and nearly 50% of the amalgam mixture is mercury. They can also be completed in one dental visit. Often these amalgam fillings are a mixture of mercury and silver, tin, zinc, or copper.

Composite resin

These fillings are made from plastic and fine glass particles, and are most commonly used to fill cavities in teeth that are more prominent in your smile. They can match the color of your teeth, last around five years, and are a bit more expensive than amalgam fillings.

Cast gold

Yes, it’s possible to get a filling made of gold! A gold alloy is mixed with a few other metals, and has some great advantages: it doesn’t corrode and lasts far longer than any other filling materials. However, as you can imagine, gold fillings are costly and not tooth-colored.
If you need fillings, or have questions about which is best for you and your needs, call us today at (505) 278.7007 to schedule a consultation appointment.