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Silver or white?

Silver fillings or white fillings? Which one is better?

Silver fillings, also known as amalgam fillings, were widely used over the past century. While they are an adequate way to treat cavities, they can have a negative impact on the appearance of your smile and can actually weaken your teeth. Also, amalgam fillings contain mercury, leading many experts to question their overall safety.


At Lake Family Dentistry, we utilize white or tooth colored fillings, also known as composite fillings, in almost all our patients. This leads to treatment of the cavity without the potential harmful effects of mercury. Tooth colored fillings also leave your smile appearing beautiful and natural without noticeable fillings.


Silver fillingsWhite fillings
Can result in cracking, chipping and weakening of your teethBond to the tooth structure and help reinforce weaker areas
Can discolor your teethBlend in with your natural teeth making them unnoticeable
Contain mercuryContain no mercury
Are more aggressive, and usually largerAre more conservative



Ask Dr. Qadri at your next appointment about a personalized explanation of how white fillings may be better for you.