Home > Lifestyle > Oral health > A trip to the dentist 11 February 2009 Filling a cavity Patients have several choices when it comes to selecting materials used to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth, according to the American Dental Association. 0 Pin It Follow us on Twitter » Like us on Facebook » Read Health24 blogs » Ask the Dental expert » What to eat for white teeth Tooth picks Patients have several choices when it comes to selecting materials used to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth, according to the American Dental Association. These options include: Dental amalgam, a compound of mercury and other metals that often is called a silver filling because of its appearance. Dental amalgam is the most thoroughly researched and tested restorative material. It is durable, easy to use, tough and inexpensive. Composite fillings, a mixture of acrylic resin and finely ground glass-like particles that produce a tooth-coloured restoration. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid-size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed, requiring a smaller filling than that of an amalgam. Gold alloys, containing gold, copper and other metals that result in a strong, effective filling. Primarily used for inlays, onlays, crowns and fixed bridges, these alloys are highly resistant to corrosion and tarnishing. – (HealthDayNews) More in Lifestyle A mouth full of poison More: Oral healthA trip to the dentist advertisement Get a quote Bestmed - offering you quality healthcare and freedom of choice Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare Medihelp - quality, affordable medical scheme cover advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life. Live healthier Grief » Phases of grief Culture and grief Grieving in holidays How do you deal with grief? There is no right way of coping with death. The way a person grieves depends on the personality of that person and the relationship with the person who has died. Weight loss » Healthy snacking Weight and heart Texting and weight 10 tips to lose weight Need to shed some weight? Get rid of those extra kilos for good with these 10 expert weight loss tips, compiled by Health24's DietDoc, Dr Ingrid van Heerden.