Dental fillings are the most common type of dental restoration. When a tooth has decay or a small fracture, fillings are essential in recreating the tooth’s structure and beauty. There are two types of fillings that most patients are familiar with. First, is the composite filling, also known as the “white filling” it is created with a bonding material that is closely matched to your tooth’s natural shade. The second option is the amalgam filling, also known as the “silver filling”; though less esthetic have a proven track record of strength and durability.