Would you like to restore a tooth as nearly as possible to its original condition? If so, you might want to talk to your dentist about the benefits of bonded fillings. Our dentist can bond a composite resin filling directly to your tooth to protect it and to give it the natural appearance you want your teeth to have.
What Are Bonded Fillings?
Your dentist might call bonded fillings white fillings or composites, but the effect is the same. These fillings are made of a composite resin material that your dentist mixes and bonds to your teeth. And, they not only fill a hole, but they also restore the structural integrity of your tooth. Bonded fillings are just as strong as other types of fillings, including silver amalgam fillings.
How Are Bonded Fillings Used?
Your dentist might recommend bonded fillings for any of a number of dental problems. A badly decayed or injured front tooth can be filled without detracting from the aesthetic appearance you want or the tooth strength you need. Also, they can be used to fill in small gaps between teeth, reshape teeth or repairing worn crowns.
Advantages of Bonded Fillings
Bonded fillings may be just the option you want when restoring a tooth damaged by decay or injury. They compare favorably with many other types of fillings. They’re best used in instances where less than 40% of the tooth is being replaced or filled. They are shaded to match your other teeth. Because they are chemically bonded to your teeth, they become a part of your tooth’s structural support and restore it as nearly as possible to its original strength and appearance. Here are some of the benefits of choosing bonded fillings.
- More attractive than metal or amalgam fillings
- Lower cost than porcelain veneers or crowns
- As strong or stronger than other types of fillings
- Natural appearance
- Lasts up to 10 years or more
The Procedure for Getting Bonded Fillings
After your dentist has examined your tooth and taken any needed x-rays, he or she can begin working on your tooth. Your tooth is isolated from the rest of your mouth with a rubber dam. This ensures that the chemical and mechanical bonding can happen. The decay is removed, and the tooth is etched to allow the dentin adhesive to form a mechanical bond with your tooth. Next, the dentist mixes the composite resin in a shade that’s most like the surrounding teeth. When the dentist places the composite resin into your mouth, it’s still soft and resembles bread dough. The dentist molds and shapes the resin to fit well in your tooth. Next, he or she promotes chemical bonding by shining a special blue light on the tooth to help it bond and cure.