Restorative Dentistry |3 min read

Are Metal-Free Fillings Better Than Traditional Silver Fillings?

comparison of different types of fillings

When tooth decay happens, we have to take action as soon as possible. If not treated right away, it can lead to more serious problems.

With today’s advancements in dental procedures, there are many different methods to fill cavities… This text opens a new tab …!

The question is:

Should you get a traditional silver filling or the modern metal-free filling?

In this blog, we’ll discuss:

  • The difference between the two
  • Why composite fillings may be the better option for you

What types of dental fillings are there?

Common materials used for dental fillings are gold, amalgam otherwise known as silver, composite, and ceramic.

The two most popular types tend to be amalgam (silver) dental fillings and composite metal-free fillings.

Silver fillings are made from a combination of metals including:

  • Mercury
  • Silver
  • Tin
  • Copper

On the other hand:

Composite fillings are tooth-colored and match your teeth. These fillings are made from a mixture of:

  • Quartz
  • Glass

Keep in mind that traditional silver fillings contain mercury, so composite material is the better choice if you have an allergy.

What’s the best type of filling for teeth?

The best type of filling for your teeth depends on the:

  • Location
  • Size of the cavity

Your dentist is the best person to help you figure out what’s best for you, your budget, and your current dental needs.

However, metal-free fillings are becoming increasingly popular because of how natural they look.

It’s perfect for small-to-medium-sized fillings, and blends in beautifully with the rest of your teeth.

Composite fillings also don’t remove unnecessary amounts of healthy tooth structure, making it the more non-invasive option.


Discussing the best type of fillings for your teeth starts with a friendly consultation with your dentist If you’re near the Beaverton area, feel free to schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Bruno da Costa.

How long do metal-free fillings last?

On average, fillings can last 10-15 years before needing a replacement. It’s important to keep up proper oral hygiene, including:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes
  • Flossing once a day
  • Visiting your dentist regularly

Composite fillings bond with the tooth to:

  • Strengthen the structure
  • Prevent cracks and fractures
  • Reduce temperature sensitivity of hot or cold food

How much do metal-free fillings cost?

On average, traditional dental fillings can cost anywhere from $50-150, and a composite filling can range between $90-$250.

Your insurance may partially cover a portion of fillings because they’re a restorative service.

It’s also important to note that tooth-colored fillings bond to your tooth better, so you’re definitely getting your money’s worth!

Each case is different, so talking to your dentist about payment plans is the best way to find out your cost.

Harmony Dental offers different payment options because we truly believe that money shouldn’t be an obstacle to a healthy smile.

Do metal-free fillings hurt?

No, dental fillings don’t hurt!


Talk to your dentist about sedation dentistry if you want to feel super relaxed.

Where can I get composite fillings near me?

Harmony Dental is conveniently located in Beaverton, OR and we happily welcome new patients from the surrounding neighborhoods of:

  • Tigard
  • Aloha
  • Portland
  • Cedar Hills
  • Lake Oswego
  • Raleigh Hills
  • Sherwood
  • Garden Home-Whitford
  • Tualatin
  • West Slope

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