Tooth decay is not only a health concern, but it can affect your appearance as well. And the longer you wait to receive treatment, the most devastating its effects can be. That’s why we advise having composite fillings or bondings done as soon as you see signs of tooth decay. Your smile will be healthier, and your confidence in it will stay strong.
At Coastland Dental, we dedicate ourselves to providing outstanding care for every treatment we offer. We help you fight against tooth decay in a comfortable and professional atmosphere where you can feel at home. Call us today to get started on improving the health of your teeth!
What are Composite Fillings and Bondings?
Composite fillings are mainly used to repair a tooth that has been affected by decay, small cracks, or fractures. They help restore the damaged tooth and be colored to match the surrounding teeth to look natural. They also serve a protective purpose, restoring your tooth to a healthy state before decay can cause any more damage.
Bondings are similar but are more focused on repairing teeth that have been chipped, stained, or otherwise suffered minor injury. A tooth-colored resin is placed to return fullness to the affected tooth. Both treatments serve both cosmetic and practical purposes. The procedures are quick but deliver lasting results for your smile.
When I a candidate for Composite Fillings/Bondings?
If you’re looking for a quick yet effective fix for minor dental problems, consider the benefits of composite fillings/bondings:
- Corrects small cracks and chips
- Improves alignment and spacing issues
- Hides stains or discoloration
- Blends with the rest of your teeth
- Strengthens teeth
- Provides quick results
Also, if you are experiencing a toothache or increased sensitivity, schedule an appointment to check if a filling can solve your problem. The procedure is a quick and versatile solution for improving the look of your smile. In your initial consultation, Dr. Artur Arkelakyan will highlight how composite fillings/bondings can achieve your goals.
Are is the Process for Dental Fillings and Bondings?
To ensure the comfort of the patient, local anesthetic numbs the target area. Most patients report feeling nothing more than minor sensations or discomfort during the procedure.
The first step to fixing the tooth is to remove the decayed portion. The extent of this step is different for each patient and tooth. Once the decayed part is removed and the tooth is ready, the surface of the tooth is prepared with a solution, creating an ideal area for bonding.
Dr. Arkelakyan then matches a composite with the color of the rest of your teeth. For fillings, dental-grade composite is placed into the target area. For bondings, he layers and sculpts a similar composite onto the tooth.
After the composite is placed, he uses a special light to harden the material for lasting results. The final step is to buff the material to reveal a shining and natural-looking smile.
Is It Painful?
With the anesthetic we use, you should experience no more than minor discomfort. Most patients report feeling no pain at all. If any part of the process makes you uncomfortable, let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Caring for Bonding
Both bondings and fillings are meant to last. However, there are a few ways to ensure the longevity of your new smile. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, we have a couple of tips to care for your composite bondings.
- Stay away from hard or chewy food.
- Avoid habits that can stain your teeth for at least a couple of days. Examples are coffee and tobacco.
- No nail-biting!
What Happens If I Wait?
The longer you put off treating tooth decay, the more you put your smile at risk. If tooth decay continues to progress, it can begin to affect the soft inner tissues of your teeth. In these cases, you risk losing your tooth unless you receive a root canal treatment to treat the infected area.
That is why we recommend receiving fillings or bondings as soon as you see the first signs of tooth decay. By treatment tooth decay right away, you not only keep your teeth healthier, but you save yourself time and money in the long run.
Schedule a Consultation!
When it comes to taking care of your smile, Coastland Dental is here for you. If the state of your teeth has been preventing you from being confident in your smile, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation today.