Fillings are sometimes indicated for the restoration of primary (baby) and permanent teeth with caries, dental defects or dental trauma. There are several different types of filling materials, each material offers its own benefits.
Resin-based composite is an aesthetic material used primarily for anterior (front) teeth but can also be utilized on certain posterior (back) teeth. There are a variety of products with each having different qualities and benefits. Resin- based composites require longer time for placement and are more sensitive than amalgam (silver) fillings. In cases where patient cooperation is compromised, composites may not be the restorative material of choice. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of composite fillings and will determine the best treatment option for your child.
Amalgam (silver) is a material used primarily for posterior (back) teeth. Dental amalgam has been reviewed and studied extensively for its safety and effectiveness. Amalgam fillings are often chosen for their durability and ease of placement. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of amalgam fillings and will determine the best treatment option for your child.
Download the Amalgam Consent Form from the Philadelphia Department of Health