White fillings are actually made to match the color of your teeth, based on composite material of plastic and glass. These fillings are strong and effective at repairing damage without the telltale signs known with silver-mercury fillings. Some patients have old, dark fillings replaced with tooth-colored fillings for a natural appearance.
Dental bonding is a versatile process that accomplishes a number of goals, both restorative and cosmetic. Bonding can be used to:
- Restore structure of a decayed tooth
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Cover gaps between teeth
- Treat resistant discoloration
- Correct misshapen teeth
- Elongate teeth to create an even line
- Treat the gum line when gums have receded
Cosmetic dental bonding in our North Miami dental practice usually takes about an hour to complete. Typically, no anesthesia is needed for cosmetic bonding, unless the tooth structure needs to be altered. Before applying the chosen shade of composite material, the tooth is slightly etched to facilitate adhesion. When used cosmetically, the composite material is applied and then shaped to form the appropriate proportions for a beautiful enhancement.
Dental bonding is a great choice for restoring structure to a tooth damaged by decay, and is effective for cosmetic use when porcelain veneers are not an option. To look your best, contact us regarding dental bonding and tooth-colored fillings.
Inlays/OnlaysDentistry has experienced some amazing advances over the years. An inlay or onlay is a form of treatment that allows precise restoration of form and function after a tooth has sustained damage from injury or decay. Inlays and onlays can replace a standard filling when the damage is extensive, and can eliminate the need for a dental crown in some situations. With this treatment, we are able to meet the needs of our patients and leave more of the natural tooth structure intact.
An inlay or onlay is also called an indirect filling. Where a direct filling is created in the mouth, inlays and onlays are made in a dental lab to precise specifications and then bonded to the tooth.
Inlays are tooth-colored restorations made to replace structure inside the points (cusps) of the teeth. An inlay is a smaller piece of material, restoring only a portion of the surface of a tooth. Onlays are larger, used when areas outside of the four points are damaged. An onlay can effectively cover a large portion of the chewing surface, keeping the tooth strong and secure.
These restorations take two visits to complete. It is usually during the initial visit that the need for some form of repair is discovered. Dr. Fain explains the various options for optimal restoration, and removes the damaged portion of the tooth after local anesthetic has been applied. When an inlay or onlay is the chosen treatment, less tooth structure will be removed. After an impression is taken, a mold is sent to the dental laboratory where the inlay or onlay is prepared with tooth-colored material. The patient goes home with a temporary restoration. The permanent inlay or onlay is typically ready to be bonded within two weeks.
This form of indirect filling has significant benefits, including:
- A reduced risk of recurring decay due to the excellent fit at all margins
- Natural appearance with tooth-colored material
- Preservation of more natural tooth structure
- Long-lasting stability