Composites are tooth colored restorations that are an esthetic alternative to amalgam restorations or veneers. Providing durability and resistance to fracture, they work well in small-to-mid size restorations that have moderate chewing pressure. Bonding can often allow the dentist to make a more conservative repair then an amalgam which is held in by mechanical retention. Keeping the cavity area clean and dry is essential in order to do a composite filling.
Bonding is a popular method to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.
A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.
Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems.