There are two main types of fillings – composite and amalgam.
Composite Fillings are tooth-colored fillings meant to match the color and texture of your natural teeth. The filling mixture is placed directly into the cavity or damaged spot of the tooth where it then solidifies.
Amalgam Fillings, also known as silver fillings, have a much more noticeable appearance but are strongly resistant to wear and tear over many years.
Your dentist can detect whether or not your tooth is in need of a filling during exams and checkups. Be sure to consult with them if you are experiencing any pain or have any concerns about your teeth.