In dental bonding, a tooth-colored composite material is applied to the tooth and hardened with a special light. Bonding is a solution used to accomplish the following:
- Change the shape of teeth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Repair decay in teeth
- Repair chips or cracks in teeth
- Cosmetic improvement
- Protection of sensitive teeth
Bonding restores beauty, and functionality to teeth. After bonding, your teeth will be stronger, your smile will be brighter, and your confidence will be higher. The smile you’ve always wanted does not have to be far away. Like most restorative dental services, bonding may need to be treated, or replaced at a future date. However, bonding will typically last for many years before needing replacing.
A filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, and other negative occurrences. In just one appointment, the decayed, or affected portion of the tooth will be removed, cleaned, and filled.
Composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. There are further options aesthetically suited for use in the front teeth which are generally more visible.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent, and may one day need replacement. Fillings however, generally last for many years, and provide you with a fully restored smile.
Our composite line, Filtek™ Supreme Ultra Universal Restorative Capsule Master's Kit, ensures superior color matching with the strength needed to support a composite filling for many years. No tooth color goes unmatched, which is critical in anterior areas.
In addition, smaller fillings can be more efficiently cared for with Kerr's Vertise line of flowable composites. With reduced time of placement, the filling has less chance of contamination and is more comfortable of the patient.
The procedure is usually completed in one appointment. In preparing your tooth for the filling, the doctor will remove all decay, and thoroughly clean your tooth. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication may be applied for your protection. After preparation, the composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished.
At the conclusion of your treatment, you will be given care instructions a
nd advice from your doctor. It is normal to feel sensitivity to your filling when the treatment is first performed, but your doctor’s instructions will let you know how to manage any short-term sensitivity, and how to maintain restored oral health.
Dental sealants (also termed tooth sealants) can play an important role in helping to prevent tooth decay ("cavities") in some locations on teeth.
Placing Sealants involves bonding a plastic coating into the grooves of a tooth (the tooth's pits and fissures). The net result is a smoother tooth surface. One that is less likely to harbor food and plaque, and easier to clean with a toothbrush. Interestingly, the FDA has recently recommended sealants for adults, which were traditionally used only in children.
Dental Sealants and Fissurotomy
By some accounts, 80% of tooth decay begins in the pits and fissures of teeth. Toothbrush bristles may not be able to completely remove food from those areas. Dental sealants and fissurotomy technique...