Dental Fillings and Bonding in Salisbury, NC
Teeth are strong, but they can also be damaged. Tooth decay, a sports injury, or an auto accident are just a few of the ways your teeth can be damaged. Fortunately, dental fillings and bonding can restore your damaged teeth, making your smile look whole again.
Dr. Isioma A. Okonmah at Alpha Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers comprehensive dental care services, including dental fillings and bonding at her convenient office location in Salisbury, NC.
If you just found out that you have a cavity, you may be wondering how we plan to treat the issue. Fortunately, through routine cleanings every six months we are more likely to detect these issues when they are only a slight inconvenience rather than a serious problem. Having a cavity is no fun but a dental filling can restore the tooth after decay has been removed.
A dental filling uses special material to fill the spaces where decay has been removed to restore the tooth to its nature appearance and strength. While the tooth-colored resin used for a dental filling may also be used for purely cosmetic reasons such as hiding a small discoloration, chip or gap between your teeth, in most cases a dental filling is used to treat a cavity.
Dental Filling Procedure
If you have a cavity the first thing Dr. Okonmah will need to do is remove the decay. We will first numb the area with numbing gel and then local anesthesia so that you don’t feel any discomfort during your procedure. Next, Dr. Okonmah will use a dental drill to remove the decaying areas of your tooth. Once we have checked to make sure all decay has been removed then we will begin to rebuild the tooth using a dental filling.
As you may already know, a dental filling can be made from different materials. For purely aesthetic reasons, most patients opt for tooth-colored fillings made from composite resin. If you choose a tooth-colored filling we can choose the shade of the resin to match the tooth so that the dental filling isn’t visible. Of course, metal fillings are still used today because they are more resilient than even tooth-colored fillings and can be a better option for molars and back teeth, which take on more force and pressure from the jaws when chewing and speaking.
If you are getting a composite resin filling we will apply the moldable resin in layers. Each layer will then be hardened immediately using a special dental light. We will continue to apply layer after layer until the tooth is completely filled. Once the last layer is hardened we may still need to trim the filling before giving it a final polish.
Dental bonding is a procedure where your dentist applies a tooth-colored material (resin) onto a tooth to restore and improve the tooth's look. At Alpha Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Salisbury, NC, Dr. Okonmah can restore your beautiful smile with the help of dental bonding!
What are the Benefits of Dental Bonding?
There are several benefits to getting dental bonding, and this procedure may be considered for the following reasons:
- To repair a cracked or chipped tooth
- To close the space between two teeth
- To elongate a tooth
- To repair a decayed tooth
- To reshape a tooth
What is the Procedure for Dental Bonding?
Dr. Okonmah assesses your needs from the beginning in order to fulfill all your requests. The first process corresponds to preparation, and this may include anesthesia for certain procedures. Dr. Okonmah ensures that the resin matches your original tooth color. Afterward, the bonding process begins by roughening the surface of your tooth and putting a conditioning liquid on top in order to ensure that the resin sticks. The resin is applied and molded into the appropriate shape and size, and then it is hardened by blue light or laser. The entire cosmetic dentistry procedure should not take longer than 30-60 minutes to complete!
What are the Advantages of Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a very easy and inexpensive way to restore your teeth since this cosmetic dentistry procedure can be completed in a very short amount of time. If properly taken care of, dental bonding can last up to ten years without touch-ups.