Dental Composites, Fillings, Bonding and Restoration
One of the more common problems that people have is tooth decay. This is most often caused by poor dental hygiene. Your dentist will clinically examine your teeth and take X-rays to determine if you have tooth decay.
After locating the decay by the clinical exam and X-rays, he will then remove the decay and place the white filling material (composite) in the cavity. Then the tooth will be polished and smoothed to feel like your normal teeth.
There are many types of fillings dentists use today.
- Direct composite bonding
- Amalgam, more commonly known as Silver
- Gold or inlays Using in-office CAD/CAM equipment
Sometimes the decay is so significant that possibly a root canal is needed.
Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately "bonds" the material to the tooth to restore or improve a person's smile. This is often done after the filling is set in place. The result is a smooth, fully repaired and most likely decay-free tooth. There are a few other purposes of bonding:
- To repair decayed teeth
- To repair chipped or cracked teeth
- To improve the appearance of your teeth due to discoloration
- To close spaces and/or gaps between teeth
- To protect the tooth's root which was exposed due to gum recession
The common procedure involves preparation, bonding and completion.
Little advance preparation is needed for dental bonding. Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth.
Next, the surface of the tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid applied. These procedures help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored, puttylike resin is then applied, molded and smoothed to the desired shape. An ultraviolet light or laser is then used to harden the material. After the material is hardened, your dentist will further trim and shape it, and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
Dental bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.
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