Tooth Colored Bonding and Fillings in Spokane

Sometimes just a single tooth can make us feel self-conscious about our smile. It may be chipped, cracked, oddly spaced or have a developmental discrepancy that keeps it from blending in with the rest of the teeth. Or, perhaps the tooth has sustained damage due to a cavity or decay. Traditional dental materials, like gold and amalgam, are strong and durable. However, tooth-colored materials are becoming more popular among patients that prefer natural-looking restorations that blend in with the surrounding teeth.

Composite Bonding: A Simple Step That Makes a Big Impact

Bonding involves placing a composite resin material onto a tooth to improve its size, shape or spacing. Bonding is typically used to make teeth appear longer or bigger, or to conceal a small space in between two teeth. Bonding can also be used to repair teeth that are slightly decayed, chipped, cracked, fractured or discolored. Unlike traditional fillings, bonding material can be placed on various surface areas of the teeth, from chipped edges to smooth surfaces. Most of the time, patients elect to have bonding if only one or two teeth have chips, are spaced widely apart, or have an enamel discrepancy. (In cases of substantial decay, severe fractures or widespread discoloration, another restorative dental solution is typically employed.) A bonding treatment takes just a short time to complete, and can be combined with most dental visits when scheduled in advance. The composite material is applied to the teeth, shaped and polished to achieve the ideal tooth appearance.

Tooth-Colored Fillings: Cosmetically Appealing Restorations for Teeth Damaged by Decay

Fillings are used to restore teeth that have damage due to cavities or decay. There are many options in filling material, and tooth-colored fillings are becoming more popular, as the result is virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Tooth-colored filling material is less durable than metal, so tooth-colored fillings aren’t typically recommended for the back teeth that sustain the bulk of the force from chewing. The composite filling material is color-matched to the specific patient’s surrounding natural teeth. After the decayed portion of the tooth has been removed and the tooth has been disinfected, the filling material is placed directly into the cavity, where it hardens.

Replace Old Silver Fillings with White Composite

As older silver fillings age, they leak material into the tooth enamel. This creates a grey or bluish hue on the tooth, and is visible when people laugh, talk or smile. Thankfully, old fillings can be removed and replaced with tooth colored composite fillings. Selecting to have this done can be for cosmetic reasons, but it is also a common restorative process as well.

Contact Dr. Ryan Love

For more information about tooth-colored fillings and bonding with Dr. Love, please call (509) 928-2525 or email our practice today.