In pediatric dentistry, traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, include composite (white) and amalgam (silver). The strength and durability of traditional dental materials make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.

What's right for my child?

Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and expense of dental restorations, including:

  • The components used in the filling material
  • The amount of tooth structure remaining
  • Where and how the filling is placed
  • The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear

Before treatment begins, your child's doctor will discuss all of your options and help you choose the best filling for your child's particular case.