Dental Fillings are dental materials that have been used to repair a decayed tooth. The tooth is first prepared using dental drills to remove decay and create space for the dental material of choice- then the material is inserted. The restored tooth’s final appearance, cost, longevity are all predetermined by what dental material is chosen. Dental materials are grouped into three main categories: silver amalgam, composite resin, and glass ionomer. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, and where and when it can be used. Porcelain and gold can also be used for stronger longer lasting restorations that are made in the laboratory. Dr. Leon-Guerrero can discuss your situation with you and what choices will be available for restoring your tooth.