Cavities have long been filled with a mixture of metals, including silver and mercury. For as long as we can remember, it was normal for us to see gray areas in someone’s mouth when they were speaking or laughing. Today, we prefer white fillings for many reasons. White fillings are highly esthetic fillings that are customizable to your tooth shade, making them undetectable to the average eye and creating a natural, gorgeous appearance to your smile. They are bonded to your teeth, so your teeth are less likely to fracture than they are with silver fillings. They are also superior in that they do not contain mercury or discolor your natural tooth over time. We will sometimes place silver fillings if for some reason they are the best option, or if you request them. However we prefer the white fillings, as they are safe, affordable, and boost your confidence.