Dental Bonding or Dental Fillings
A filling is a treatment to restore the damaged part of tooth that is caused by decay or fracture.
Dental fillings help in restoring the tooth back to its normal function and shape.
Reason for Fillings
- Tooth Decay
Better known as a cavity. Dentist commonly refer to this hole in a tooth as tooth decay or dental carrie. If not treated the decay will seep deeper into the tooth to cause dental pain or abscess.
- Tooth Fracture
Chipped, fractured or broken teeth can be a serious issue. If a big chunk of tooth has been been seperated, you must see a dentist as soon as possible
- Tooth is Discolored or Chipped.
We all consume some type of beverage that could potentially harmful to the enamel of our teeth. Over time our teeth weaken and change colors.
Different Types of Fillings
Composite resins or bonding: These are white color fillings which are placed directly in the cavity after it is cleaned. It is highly recommended in the esthetic zone.
Amalgam (silver) fillings are more affordable and more durable, but it gives dark color to the teeth after placement. They are recommended in the esthetic zone.
Porcelain inlays or on-lays are recommended in some cases where too much tooth structure of the teeth is lost. The mold inside the teeth are taken and sent to the lab and after few weeks it comes back from the lab and permanently bonded to the tooth. They are custom matched to the remaining teeth.
Procedure for Composite Fillings or Bonding
- At the beginning of the procedure an anesthetic is used to numb the teeth. Once the area is numb, decay from the teeth are removed.
- Teeth are etched well by using etchant (acidic agent) washed well and the tooth is dried well.
- Bond is placed on the teeth and a special curing light us used to harden It.
- Last step is putting the layer of the composite material in the cavity and shape it like a normal tooth.
How to Care for Fillings:
Practice regular oral hygiene by flossing and brushing your teeth.
See your dentist for periodic exams and cleanings.