Do you have a cavity or cavities? If so, then you need a restoration before a minor oral health issue turns into an infection or abscess, leading to serious discomfort and the risk of tooth loss. In order to treat a cavity we may recommend a bonded filling. What’s a bonded filling? How do they compare to amalgam restorations?
What’s A Bonded Filling? Quiz
- True or False: A toothache may be a warning sign of decay.
- True or False: A filling can be used to treat a cavity.
- True or False: Bonded fillings look lifelike.
- True or False: A composite filling also provides stronger restoration than metal ones.
- True. Decay occurs when the enamel erodes and bacteria can reach the inner tooth structure. A cavity then begins to form. Initially, a patient may notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. As the decay progresses, a full-blown toothache can develop.
- True. After the doctor removes the decay and cleans the tooth, a filling is placed in the exposed portion, restoring the tooth. In the past, amalgam (metal) was the only option for repairing a cavity. Now, we can provide a more lifelike alternative with composite resin.
- True. Bonded fillings are made from a metal-free composite resin. The material can be shaded to help it better blend with the surrounding tooth structure.
- True. The bonded option actually infiltrates some of the porous parts of the tooth, allowing the restoration to better attach to the tooth. In addition, these fillings don’t expand with time like metal ones, which prevents tooth breakage and further decay. In all, you can receive a more secure, strong, and natural looking restoration with the bonded option. If you have any questions about repairing cavities then please contact our team today.