Westerville Smiles is a general dentistry office providing quality dental care to Westerville, Columbus and residents of the surrounding areas. Healthy teeth start at home with good oral hygiene in between regular visits to the dentist. Westerville Smiles wants to make sure that their patients get the most out of their office visits and maintain healthy teeth for life!
Several options are offered to patients with chipped, cracked or discolored teeth. Bonding is one way to repair decayed teeth and to protect the part of the tooth that’s been exposed by a receding gumline. Bonding is also used to close spaces between teeth, make teeth look longer and to change their shape.
The bonding procedure is non-invasive and can be completed in under an hour per tooth. First the surface of the tooth is roughened and a conditioning liquid is applied. Doing this before applying the tooth-colored resin allows the bonding material to adhere to the tooth better. The putty-like resin is then molded and smoothed to the desired shape. A special light is used to harden the material. Then the tooth is polished and the procedure is complete.
A composite filling is a great alternative to traditional mercury fillings. These are used to restore a decayed portion of the tooth or if patient desires, to replace their metal fillings with the more aesthetically pleasing composite fillings. Basically, it’s a tooth colored quartz-like material that is layered into the tooth after the tooth has been cleaned out. Every layer is hardened with a high-intensity light and the final layer is shaped and polished to match and look natural.
A composite filling is also called a tooth colored filling since the material used can be closely matched to the color of the surrounding teeth, which is why it’s preferred when treating front and other highly visible teeth. It provides excellent durability for filling small to medium size cavities.
Contact Westerville Smiles to find out about bonding and composite fillings.