While many dental offices have gone amalgam (silver fillings) free, we still place them as long as the patient decides they want them. Why would someone want to place a silver filling? For one it is cheaper for patients and it is also a faster way to restore a tooth than the other types of fillings (there are less steps). We also provide resin (white, tooth-colored fillings). The advantage for most people is cosmetics; however, there is also a chemical bond to the tooth which helps in providing more strength to the tooth than the silver fillings. The resin obviously looks better; however, it is more expensive and time consuming (there are more steps). This is a perfect example of our attempt to not make decisions for you and your family. Both filling types are available at Danville Family Dentistry.