What Is A Bonded Filling?

When a cavity forms, discomfort and an increased risk of dental infection can follow. To protect smiles from serious complications, we can address decay with a natural looking and durable restoration. What is a bonded dental filling? What does placing one involve and how do I know if I need to see the dentist?

Frequently Asked Questions About Bonded Fillings

Question: What causes cavities?

Answer: A cavity forms when bacteria can bypass the protective layer of tooth enamel, which can occur as a result of poor oral hygiene or injury. Once bacteria reach the inner layers of dentin, a cavity can form.

Question: How do I know if I need treatment?

Answer: Often, symptoms of a developing cavity may include tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or possibly a toothache that doesn’t subside after 48 hours. If you encounter sensitivity or discomfort that doesn’t fade with time, you may need to see the dentist right for away for a diagnosis. We can recommend a number of treatment options, including a bonded filling.

Question: How do you place bonded fillings?

Answer: We will first remove any decay and then clean the tooth. We will etch the tooth to allow the material to better adhere to the tooth. We then apply the material, which has already been shaded to better blend with the tooth. After applying the filling, we will cure the tooth with a special light, sculpting the material as it cures. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance.

Question: Can you use this treatment to fix chipped teeth?

Answer: Yes! In a cosmetic bonding procedure, we use the same material and the same process to repair chipped teeth, correct misshapen teeth, mask teeth stains, or even close gaps between teeth. If you have any questions about our bonding material and the ways we can repair a tooth, then please contact our office today.

Do You Have Questions About Bonded Fillings?

If you suffer from tooth decay our team can address the problem with a long lasting and lifelike dental filling. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.