What is a Dental Filling?
A filling is a restoration used to fill spaces left in teeth by decay, known as cavities. Fillings can be made from various materials, including amalgam fillings (made from a mixture of metals), ceramic fillings, or composite, tooth-colored fillings (made from a combination of crushed quartz and high-quality resin).
The Advantages of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings have many advantages. For example, while amalgam fillings have been cleared by the FDA for years, their metallic colors is highly visible and not aesthetically pleasing. In contrast, composite fillings are designed to blend in perfectly with your smile. Composite fillings also require less space than amalgam fillings, so less drilling is necessary.
Composite fillings are extremely durable. Because they bond directly with your teeth, composite fillings don’t leave spaces where bacteria can get in. This makes them resistant to tooth decay, protecting the rest of the tooth from damage.s
What is Composite Bonding?
The same durable, tooth-colored composite resin we use for fillings can also be used to restore your smile. This process is called composite bonding. It’s a fast and economical way to restore your smile in the following ways:
- Eliminate gaps between teeth
- Repair cracked or broken teeth
- Improve the shape of teeth
- Smooth out the surface of teeth with craters or bulges
- Lengthen teeth that are worn down
Bonding: A Fast and Easy Way to Get a New Smile
At Watkins Dental Group, we can restore your smile with composite bondings in just one day. The procedure is minimally invasive and it often is performed without using anesthetic.
After removing some surface enamel from your teeth, our dentist will shape the resin to create the desired effect. The resin is a putty-like substance that is formulated to match the color of your smile.
Next, we’ll apply the bonding agent and use a special light to cure the resin. Then we polish your teeth and you’re ready to go. This process typically takes just a few hours.
Contact Us for Fillings and Dental Bonding in Dallas, PA
If you’re interested in tooth-colored fillings or bonding to improve the appearance of your smile, don’t hesitate to call (570) 675-1138 and schedule a consultation today.