What is bonding – or white fillings?
Bonding is what we call the use of composite resins, a mixture of plastic and glass, for use in a filling for either front or rear teeth. It takes the place of older, more traditional metal fillings like silver or gold. The resins act just like the metal filling, but do not contain any of the cosmetic or allergic drawbacks found in older metals. The material is applied to the tooth and hardened, and acts as a barrier to tooth decay or for cosmetic improvement.
Why would I choose white fillings?
It can be embarrassing when you’ve accidentally chipped or cracked a front tooth, and you grow hesitant to smile. White fillings can restore the lost portion of the tooth without changing the character or color of your teeth. The resins come in a number of colors that can be matched to fit the shade or your teeth, and give the appearance of being natural. Or, you may have suffered from unsightly gaps in your teeth that you want to diminish. Bonding can fill in those gaps and give your teeth a more uniform appearance. Sometimes, our patients grow leery of the metal that has been used in the fillings they have in rear teeth because of the mercury involved. White fillings can take their place, and are stronger and less damaging to the teeth they protect.
What should I expect in getting white fillings?
Fitting you with a white filling is a rather straightforward procedure that normally does not require more than one session. We size up the decay or deterioration of the tooth, chose the amount of bonding necessary and the shade of the resin, and then apply the filling directly on the tooth. The bonding takes no more than a minute or so to harden under a heat light while you wait, and you won’t have to follow any special precautions about eating afterwards. The most you might expect is some initial sensitivity to hot or cold liquids, but afterwards the bonding should be practically invisible to the naked eye.