Fillings are used to restore a tooth that has been chipped/fractured or damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, Dr. Bush will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out area with a composite (plastic) resin material. Composite fillings are matched to the color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.

In some cases if the decay or fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown may be recommended. Decay that has reached the nerve may need to be treated through root canal therapy or through a procedure called pulp capping.

Dental bonding is a treatment that conceals imperfections on teeth. This minimally invasive treatment option can transform the appearance of a smile in a single office visit. Sometimes, dental bonding is used to produce similar results to porcelain veneers at a fraction of the cost.

Bonding treatments involve applying composite resin to the external structure of teeth. The surface of the tooth is roughened so that the bonding substance can adhere to the tooth. Composite resin is applied in liquid form and hardened with a curing light.

Dental bonding can hide the appearance of chips and cracks. Sometimes, a dentist may apply bonding treatments to teeth that are intrinsically and extrinsically stained to make a smile appear whiter. It can also be used to fill in small gaps between teeth to conceal spacing issues.

The compound used in bonding treatments looks very natural. It can also be tinted so that it blends in seamlessly with biological tooth structure.

Patients who have received bonding treatments should be aware that composite resin is not as stain-resistant as porcelain. This means that a bonded area of a tooth can darken over time. Avoiding stain-causing foods and beverages such as berries and coffee can help reduce the likelihood that composite resin develops stains.

No. Unlike crowns and porcelain veneers, which require multiple office visits, a bonding treatment is performed in one appointment. This makes receiving cosmetic dental work very convenient.

Teeth that have been treated with composite resin do not require special care. People can brush and floss as they normally would. Since the bonding material can stain over time, it is important to practice proper oral hygiene and avoid stain-causing foods and beverages whenever possible. Some patients find that drinking dark beverages like wine and soda with a straw helps reduce the formation of stains.

If you have questions about cosmetic dental treatments, call our practice to reserve a smile makeover consultation.