A True Bonding Experience
A New Approach to Cavities and Other Issues
Bondings and White Fillings
If there is one area of dentistry that has rapidly evolved over the past three decades or so, it’s dental fillings. Many patients over the age of 40 can recall sitting in the chair while their dentist hovered over them with a loud and intimidating drill to clear the way for mercury or silver amalgam fillings. It was, to say the least, not the most pleasant experience.
Fortunately, dentistry has come a long way and that includes preventative dentistry which seeks to stop cavities in their tracks before bonding or fillings are even needed. However, once an issue is detected, patients now have several treatment options including white fillings and dental bonding. Explore Brosy Family Dentistry’s filling and bonding options below.
What to Expect with White Fillings and Bonding
Bonding is perfect for those with decaying, cracked, or chipped teeth. It is also great for tooth reshaping and can be used to bridge the gap between unevenly spaced teeth. In recent years, bonding has become an increasingly popular method to replace fillings and to cover up stains on discolored teeth. Bonding involves using a resin that is the same color as the tooth. It uses LED light to bond the resin to the tooth. It is a quick and generally pain-free procedure that can be done in a single, short visit.
Fillings and Bondings Treatment Overview
When you meet with Dr. Erin Anderson, she will walk you through what you can expect from the procedure and its intended outcomes. During the procedure, Dr. Anderson will mold and sculpt the composite resin onto the tooth or teeth. Once the resin has been applied, an LED light works quickly to harden it. Dr. Anderson and her team then polishes the affected tooth or teeth, giving you a brand new smile.
Bonding technology is a definite improvement over traditional, silver amalgam fillings. By matching the color of the tooth, the filling is essentially hidden, meaning no one will ever know you’ve had the treatment, except you as you look in the mirror to see a new smile. This safe, non-invasive treatment is also a very affordable solution to many common dental problems.
Filling and Bonding Post-Op Instructions
Generally, there is no downtime from bondings or white fillings and you can return to work and your daily activities immediately. It is recommended that you avoid certain beverages for a couple of days such as tea, coffee and wine which could stain the bonding. Hard foods are also to be avoided until the bonding fully sets. Dr. Anderson will advise you on the specifics during your appointment.