Dental Bonding and FillingsFairhope, AL
What is Dental Bonding?
Bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment. It involves applying a tooth-colored resin material to the teeth using adhesives and a high-intensity curing light. The material is then bonded to the tooth. This can help disguise discoloration or chipped teeth. Bonding can also be used to close spaces between teeth. Dental Bonding is a very inexpensive way to restore healthy teeth. Composite fillings are primarily used to restore plaque-damaged teeth. However, they can also be cosmetic.
What is a Composite Filling?
Composite Fillings, on the other hand, are used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay. They are a glass and plastic mixture used to restore plaque-damaged teeth. The Dentist will remove the decayed tooth material and then fill the area with a filling material such as amalgam (silver), gold, or composite resin (tooth-colored). Composites help for cosmetic reasons by changing color or reshaping disfigured teeth.
What to Expect Before, During, and After a Filling
If you’ve never had a tooth filling before, the prospect can be a little daunting. But there’s no need to worry! Here’s what you can expect before, during, and after your appointment at Sweet Water Dentistry in Fairhope, Alabama.
Before your appointment, we’ll review your medical history and take X-rays of your mouth to determine the best course of treatment. We’ll also discuss the different types of fillings and materials available, so you can make an informed decision about what’s right for you.
When you come in for your filling, we’ll first numb the area around the tooth to ensure comfort. Then, we’ll remove any decay or damaged tissue from the tooth. Once the tooth is clean, we’ll place the filling material and shape it to restore your tooth to its original form. Finally, we’ll harden the filling material. Then finish up with a polish of your tooth for a natural-looking finish.
After, you may experience some sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. This is normal and should resolve within a few weeks. Be sure to brush and floss regularly and see us for regular checkups to help keep your new filling in top condition!
If you are interested in either dental bonding or fillings, please call our office to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to help you achieve the smile you desire!