Dental Fillings ( Silver Amalgam & White Resin ) :

Tooth Decay Information


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White Fillings ( Composite/Resin/Plastic Fillings) : 

Composite Resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture, in small-to-mid size cavities.  They can be used on either front or back teeth.  They are a great choice for people who prefer their fillings look more natural.  At our office, white fillings are always placed in the front ( anterior ) 12 teeth unless the tooth is so bad it needs a porcelain crown.  We never place a silver filling in a front tooth unless requested by the patient.  White fillings are not designed to provide strength in back teeth which have large fractures or decay (in these cases usually a porcelain crown is placed).  We place white fillings every day in both front and back teeth and have many happy smiling patients.

White fillings cost more than amalgam ( silver ) fillings, take much more time to place, and quite often are not covered fully by insurance plans.  Some insurance plans consider the placement of white fillings in back teeth "Cosmetic" and will make the patient pay a considerably larger copay to the dentist.  All insurance companies cover the placement of white fillings in front teeth with no cosmetic "up-charge".  No dental filling lasts forever.  Studies do show that composite fillings can be less durable, and need to be replaced more often than silver amalgam fillings.  It takes longer to place a composite filling than it does a metal silver filling.  That’s because composite fillings require the tooth be kept extra clean and dry while the cavity is being filled.  Composite fillings will absorb stains and discolor over time thus replacement is needed more often than silver fillings.


Silver Fillings ( Amalgam Fillings ) :

Dental amalgam ( silver fillings ) are made from a combination of metals that include silver, tin, copper, and mercury.  Sometimes described as “silver-colored” fillings, dental amalgam has been used by dentists for more than 150 years because it lasts a long time and is the least expensive filling material for back teeth.

Because of their durability, the silver-colored fillings are the best choice for large cavities or those that occur in the back teeth where a lot of force is needed to chew.  Amalgam hardens quickly so it is useful in areas that are difficult to keep dry during placement, such as below the gum line.  Because it takes less time to place than tooth-colored fillings, amalgam works great for children who may have a difficult time staying still during treatment. 

The only disadvantage of amalgam is that these types of fillings are not tooth colored.  It is important to know that when combined with the other metals, amalgam forms a safe, stable material.  Be assured that 100's of scientific studies affirm the safety of dental amalgam. Study after study shows amalgam is safe and effective for filling cavities.  That is why its been used for over 150 years.


Dental Fillings.  This website is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for Dental or Medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  The information on this website does not create a patient-dentist relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.  By visiting this site you agree to all its terms and conditions, which may from time to time be changed or supplemented by Dr. James J. Herget listed in the Disclaimer.  If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, you should not enter this site.  Dr. James J. Herget is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, and the Dodge/Columbia/Marquette Counties Dental Association.  Dr. Herget attended Marquette University in Milwaukee WI.  He graduated in 1988 and immediately moved to Mayville WI where he has been practicing Family Dentistry for 25+ years. Dr. James J. Herget performs many dental services, such as : Dental Fillings, Dental Crowns, Dental Bridges, Dental Implant Reconstruction, Dental Cleanings and Dental sealants ( performed by a licensed Dental Hygienist ), metal free, flexible, partial dentures ( no full dentures ), root canal treatment ( incisors and bicuspids ), basic extractions, and only uses “low-radiation” digital x-rays. If you are looking for quality, family, reasonably priced dentistry : Dr. James J. Herget is your dentist of choice !  If you are a Facebook user we would love to have you as a Friend or just LIKE our page.  Dental Fillings. Affordable Mayville WI Dentist.