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FAQs - What is a Bonding or Filling?
What is a Bonding or White Fillings?

Bonding or white composite is a conservative approach to repair slightly chipped, discolored or crooked teeth. It is also the material of choice used by dental experts today to treat cavities and dental decay. They are considered to be one of the best evolutions in the dental industry.

What is the procedure?

The procedure starts with the removal of the decayed structure of your tooth, if needed, modifying the tooth shape to receive a durable bonding or white filling, and then the placemen of bonding or white filling. The whole procedure is often completed in the one visit.

What are the benefits of a Bonding or White Fillings?

Bonding or white fillings are very conservative restorations and provide excellent aesthetic and functional results. They are considered to be very reliable restorations. They are also more affordable than some other treatment alternatives.

What material is in a Bonding or White Fillings?

Bonding and white fillings are highly reinforced composite resins that are designed to bond to your natural tooth structure. They have been in use as dental restorations since 1980’s and have been continually evolving and significantly improving over the years.

How long does it last?

The duration of service of bonding and white filling varies on an individual bases and from one tooth to another within the same mouth. The duration is dependent on the size of the bonding or cavity, location in the mouth and the quality of work provided by your dentist or dental specialist. The average duration of bonding and white fillings can range from a few years to several years of trouble free service when properly maintained.

What are the alternatives?

Treatment alternatives vary based on each individuals situation. Porcelain veneers are the preferred alternative for aesthetic treatments. Inlay and onlays can be used to restore a defect or decay in your back teeth. Porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays are a more durable restoration, and the preferred restoration in certain situations

What are the risks of a Bonding or White Filling?

Bonding and white fillings are very low risk restorations and one of the most conservative approaches, if applicable. Occasional post treatment sensitivity may develop like most other dental restorations, and would usually subside within a week or two.

How much does Bonding or White Filling cost?

The cost of bonding or white fillings is very reasonable and varies based on the extent of each individual restoration. The less extensive the restoration, the less expensive the treatment as the cost primarily depends upon the amount of time that your dentist has to spend crafting and perfecting each individual restoration.

How can an existing bite problem affect a white filling?

Bonding and white fillings may not be the best options for those who grind their teeth consistently and suffer from bruxism hobbits. Bonding and white fillings do not compare with the strength of the natural tooth structure and may not be a suitable restoration technique for people who suffer from the above conditions.

Any post-treatment restrictions or foods to avoid?

One of the major advantages of bonding and white fillings is that they are one of only a few dental restorations that are designed to be used immediately after the treatment is completed. Patients can typically resume normal activities upon completion of the restoration.

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