Bonding can be used to restore teeth that are cracked, chipped, discolored or misarranged.
A tooth is prepared for bonding by lightly etching its surface than applying a bonding liquid. After the liquid is set, a plastic resin is applied to the tooth and sculpted into a natural and desired shape by Dr. Davis. Applying a thin coat of resin to damaged teeth makes them stronger and corrects discoloration. The bonding procedure is usually completed in a single office visit and can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth.
Cosmetic fillings or composite tooth colored fillings are made of a resin filled with microscopic porcelain particles. The strength of current composites is similar to the strength of silver mercury fillings. A large number of people had amalgam fillings (silver) or gold filling restorations in the past. Amalgam fillings contained mercury. Metal fillings were effective, but very conspicuous and tended to blacken in color over time. Tooth-colored fillings, white fillings, or composite resin dental fillings were created as an alternative to traditional metal dental fillings.
A well-sealed composite filling can last longer than silver mercury fillings. Due to their ability to bond to the surface of the tooth, the restored tooth is much stronger than a tooth restored with silver-mercury fillings. Teeth restored with composite resin fillings tend to have less leakage, less recurrent decay, and less incidence of fracture — which saves time and money in the long run.