Fillings are usually necessary when a cavity exists or when there is a missing piece of tooth structure. Today, with the advent of cosmetic dentisry, there are choices where a tooth filling is need. Dental fillings can be made from silver amalgam or tooth colored composite materials. Composite fillings involve a teeth boning process that helps retain the filling into your cavity. Composites, using dental bonding are a excellent cosmetic option for those patients who do not want the look of silver in their mouths an do not want the expense of porcelain veneers. Our cosmetic dentists at East Brewster Dental can show you how tooth bonding can be used on teeth that are decayed, cracked, or stained.
The procedure for bonding tooth colored fillings is usually completed in one visit. The first step is to remove the decayed or unsightly portion of the tooth. The tooth is then etched with a liquid or gel and a bonding agent is then applied. This will allow the composite resin to be placed in the prepared tooth. The resin is then trimmed and polished, leaving you with a beautifully sculpted, natural-looking restoration. Dental cosmetic procedures as described above allow cavity filling to give you back what nature had intended, awesome white fillings!
Although composite resins are cosmetically pleasing and easily placed, their durability is not as strong as other types of restorations , such as amalgam, porcelain or gold. These dental composite resins typically last from 4-7 years before they begin to chip and wear away. When this happens, the composite tooth filling will need to be replaced.