Bonding and Composite Restoration
Not all smile improvements require porcelain veneers or crowns. Composite bonded restorations are a common dental procedure often used for small changes such as improving the appearance of chipped, discolored teeth, or closing up space. A tooth-colored material (composite) is applied to the affected tooth and then quickly hardened with a special light that bonds the material to the natural tooth. The procedure does not take long and is often accomplished in just one dental visit.
In addition to fixing chipped or discolored teeth, composite bonded restorations are also used to:
- Close gaps between teeth
- As an alternative to amalgam silver fillings
- Protect the exposed root of a tooth due to gum recession
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I whiten my teeth if I have composite or resin fillings?
Yes, you can still use whitening processes however, the filling material will not change in color. If whitening is something that you are considering, we encourage that to be done ahead of time so the color matches. In some circumstances, if the filling is deep or causing pain, that is a priority to be taken care of. Both Drs. Bacsa and Toler do an excellent job at getting the shades to match the teeth after whitening. This is something they can speak to you about when discussing your specific needs.
Is there a cost difference on composite and will my insurance pay for it?
There is a minimal difference in fee as the composite fillings require more time to complete and are a different process in comparison to the traditional silver filling. We always review out of pocket costs ahead of time, so you are fully aware prior to any treatment. All insurances pay differently on these procedures and that will depend upon what has been negotiated with your employer and that they have agreed to allow.
What is a key difference I will notice in a composite filling vs a silver filling?
The biggest benefit is that the composite blends beautifully with your other teeth, which is why so many patients choose this material over the silver fillings. Aside from that, a big difference is the immediate strength of a composite filling. Because they are light-cured, a white filling is completely hardened when you are finished with the procedure. Amalgam or silver fillings, although an extraordinarily strong material, reaches the strength capacity after a day or two. Being careful with a silver filling for a few days is ideal while they fully strengthen.
Visit our contact us page to book your consultation with Dr. Bacsa or Dr. Toler and find out how we can help improve the health of your teeth.