Made of silver, tin, copper, and mercury, it is durable and cost-effective but less aesthetically pleasing. Amalgam fillings are fully set in 24 hours after the procedure. The dentist advises against eating hard foods during that period. They last from 10 to 15 years.
A blend of plastic resin and glass particles; aesthetically pleasing and versatile, but less durable. These fillings are set in thick one to two-millimeter layers where a layer takes two to 20 seconds to place. They last for about 5-15 years.
Tooth-colored porcelain; natural appearance, stain-resistant, but potentially more brittle. These fillings are cured in seconds and, therefore, set immediately. This is made possible by the dentist’s blue wavelength light. It lasts more than 15 years.
A blend of acrylic and glass powders chemically bonds to teeth is suitable for low-stress areas, less durable. These fillings are cured similarly to composite fillings, lasting for five years.
A mixture of gold and metals; highly durable, resistant to corrosion, but visually distinct. These are called Indirect fillings and require two visits to the dental clinic.