Composites vs. Amalgams



You have a choice in the material used to make your fillings:

Silver Fillings (Almalgams), or

Tooth-Colored Fillings (Composites)

Benefits of composites over amalgams

Are matched to the shade of the tooth

Make the tooth much less likely to crack or fracture

Use a more technically advanced material that makes the tooth stronger

Requires less tooth removal than amalgams

Why do composites cost more than amalgams?

Composites take longer for the dentists to place because they’re more technique-sensitive than amalgams

The materials are more costly

Most insurance companies only want to pay for the cheaper amalgams, by downgrading the insurance coverage to that of an amalgam. This results in a larger balance due from you