Traditionally, cavities in the teeth have been “filled” with a silver amalgam, a combination of metals and mercury formed into an alloy. The amalgam is soft when placed and hardens as it sets. These fillings served us well for many decades but with newer material options that are healthier, cleaner, and more aesthetic, amalgam is rarely used. Silver fillings have been shown to leak over time and cause cracking of the teeth as they expand and contract at a different rate than natural tooth enamel. When these fillings leak they can turn the tooth gray and can decay under the filling.
General and Implant Dentistry of Worcester County uses a composite resin for all cavity filling, as our cavity treatment and prevention. These bio-compatible materials provide the strength, durability, aesthetics, and seal needed for restoring teeth. These materials look natural and have excellent longevity.