When it comes to restoring, repairing, and enhancing teeth, white materials are all the rage among patients. Using white restorations is a great way to protect teeth and improve their appearance without causing patients to feel embarrassed by easily detectable dental work. Our dental team offers tooth-colored fillings and cosmetic bonding services, which utilize a natural looking compound called composite resin.
Composite resin is a mixture of durable plastic and glass. This compound is ideal for filling in small cavities, repairing small cracks or chips, and concealing stains and imperfections. Composite resin is tintable, too. This means that our patients enjoy very lifelike enhancements and restorations because this compound can blend in with the exact color of biological tooth structure.
Since cavities are incredibly prevalent in society, with estimates indicating that roughly 99 out of 100 people will develop tooth decay at least once; fillings are a fact of life. Fortunately, fillings don’t have to look unnatural or conspicuous. By using composite resin, our family dentist can place a very natural looking restoration that is virtually unnoticeable. Receiving a white filling is not that much different from receiving a traditional metal filling. The process is quite similar, actually. The main difference, however, is that less tooth reduction is required and the filling’s material is painted onto the tooth in liquid form and then hardened with a curing light. In most cases, a composite resin filling is more conservative than an amalgam filling. This is because the chemical structure of composite resin bonds quite easily to the structure of teeth and therefore requires less tooth removal. These types of fillings are not only aesthetically appealing; they are durable.
In most cases, our dentist prefers composite resin to amalgam fillings. We can also replace old metal dental work with white restorations for purely cosmetic reasons or because the old, metal filling has broken down.
Cosmetic bonding involves using the same compound used in white fillings to repair cracks and chips or improve the appearance of teeth. Bonding can conceal flaws like permanent discoloration and spacing issues like gaps. Some patients who desire a smile makeover may choose cosmetic bonding over other procedures because bonding is a budget friendly means of improving one’s appearance.
To schedule an appointment for a checkup or restoration, call our skilled dental team today.