Fillings are the most common treatment for small to moderately sized cavities. Although fillings can be made of silver/mercury amalgam, at Trovato Family Laser Dentistry, we prefer to use only tooth-colored composite resin fillings. This material blends seamlessly with your smile and, unlike metal fillings, it will not show through your teeth. Additionally, the resin bonds strongly with your teeth and they expand and contract with temperature changes at the same rate as a tooth. This means they are far less likely to lead to the cracking of the tooth as with a silver/mercury filling. When the decay becomes wider than 1/3 of the width of the tooth, or the tooth becomes more than 50% filling, we will often recommend a crown to restore and protect the tooth.