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Actually, the composite resin used for tooth-colored fillings in Bridgeton, MO does have other uses! One of the most common other uses for this versatile material is dental bonding. Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that is used to fix a number of different flaws such as discoloration, chips, damage to the enamel, gaps, or erosion.
Dental Bonding & Cosmetic Dentistry
One of the reasons that bonding is such a common procedure is the simplicity, effectiveness, and speed of the procedure. Unlike porcelain veneers, which often require alteration of the enamel and take weeks to come back from the lab, bonding requires very little prep and can usually be done in the same day. Because there’s no lab involved, the cost of bonding is typically considerably cheaper than veneers.
Composite resin can be mixed to match your natural tooth shade practically perfectly. Dr. Burgdorf applies to it to the area and then shapes it to the correct form. Once placed and cured, it will be difficult to tell where the bonding is. We think you’ll be quite happy with your results!
Give Your Bridgeton, MO Dentist Office A Call
To learn more about composite tooth-colored fillings and dental bonding and to find out if this technique is right for you, call our Bridgeton dental office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.
Many patients have wondered if their old silver fillings should be replaced with new tooth-colored fillings in Bridgeton.
There are a few reasons to remove a silver filling:
- A cavity is present beneath the filling.
- The filling is leaking or broken.
- The filling is in a visible place and you are unhappy with the esthetics.
Silver fillings have been shown in countless scientific studies to be safe and shouldn’t be removed without reason. Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS prefers to place composite resin fillings because they better replicate the original tooth color and he can be more conservative with his tooth preparation. This means more healthy tooth structure is preserved when doing a filling.
Tooth-Colored Fillings in Bridgeton, MO
We prefer to avoid invasive procedures whenever possible, which means that unless your silver fillings are causing you problems, there’s no reason to remove them. If you do happen to develop a new cavity, we will fill your cavity with tooth-colored composite filling. We will also check your fillings at each examination to make sure that they are in great shape. If we find a problem, we’ll let you know right away and discuss your options.
Tooth-colored fillings in Bridgeton, MO have a few distinct advantages over traditional silver (amalgam) fillings. The biggest advantage – and the reason that many patients and dentists prefer them to metal fillings – is the fact that once they are placed, they so closely match the color of your own natural tooth enamel that you are unable to tell the difference. This is particularly important when you need a filling in a tooth that is easily visible. Tooth-colored fillings allow us to fill your cavities without discoloring your teeth.
Another advantage of white composite fillings is that they require less tooth prep than metal fillings. Metal fillings are held in place mechanically, so the area around the cavity must be shaped in a way that keeps the filling securely in place. Composite fillings are made of a putty-like substance that is placed in layers and then, upon curing, actually binds with the material of your tooth. This means that we only have to remove the decayed portion of your tooth, preserving more of your natural tooth structure, which we think is always a good thing!
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Because tooth-colored fillings are made of resin instead of metal, the material doesn’t expand and contract in response to temperature change, reducing or even eliminating the risk of your filling becoming loose or falling out.
If you need a cavity filled, contact our Bridgeton, MO dental office to speak with Dr. Burgdorf about tooth-colored composite fillings!