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A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
Closing space between two teeth.
Cracked or broken teeth.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
Tooth bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure performed to correct damage to teeth. Tooth bonding can correct many of the same problems porcelain veneers can correct, but instead of being performed on many teeth, it is usually only performed on one or two.
Tooth bonding can correct:
Stained or Discolored Teeth
Gaps in Teeth
A tooth bonding procedure is quick, and unlike porcelain veneers, it can be finished in just one visit. Tooth bonding is an excellent option if you have a couple teeth that need to be repaired or whitened because of permanent staining or discoloring.
Tooth bonding is a composite resin that is placed to perfectly match the color of your teeth. It can also be selected so that it is a whiter color if you have permanent staining.
What does having a bonding involve?
In order to have tooth bonding, you must schedule an initial consultation with the doctor. During the initial consultation, the Dr. will evaluate your teeth and make sure tooth bonding is the best restoration for you. He will also inform you about the tooth bonding procedure so that you can have realistic expectations of the results you will have.
If it is determined that tooth bonding is the right cosmetic dentistry option for you, the Dr.will place the tooth bonding so that it matches the appearance of your teeth and apply it in several layers to the natural surface of your teeth.
After the tooth bonding has been sculpted so that it matches the size and shape of the rest of your teeth, it is cured. Tooth bonding is cured with a special high-intensity light that hardens the composite resin material and allows you to function normally with your bonded teeth.