In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth after your dentist removed decay. With advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin that looks natural and can be sculpted to match your existing tooth structure. Tooth-colored fillings give your smile a younger, brighter appearance. You may even elect to remove your old silver fillings in favor of new, undetectable tooth-colored fillings.