When a tooth’s structure has been compromised by decay (cavity), a crack in the enamel, or a chip, a filling is required to prevent further damage. Often, these areas have gone undetected by the patient until the dentist finds them in a routine check up.
We use a hand-held laser to diagnose cavities at any stage of development. This allows for pain-free, highly-accurate and fast diagnosis.
We offer alternatives in dental fillings that provide you with functional, natural-looking results. We use both tooth-colored mercury-free filling materials and amalgam restorations.
The decayed area of your tooth will be gently removed and replaced with filling material. The tooth will then be polished and checked for proper occlusion (fit between the upper and lower teeth).
Bonding & Composite Resins
Bonding of composite resins is ideal for small corrections, in which most of the tooth is healthy and stable. It can be used to correct a wide variety of problems, including minor decay, chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, discoloration and crooked teeth.
Composite resins are a more esthetically-pleasing alternative to metal fillings or restorations. They have similar characteristics to a tooth’s natural enamel, and their color can be adjusted to match the particular color of your teeth.
Bonding is a non-invasive procedure that can provide astounding improvements in the appearance of your teeth.
Dental bonding procedures can usually be completed in one office visit.
During the bonding procedure, a mild etching solution is first applied to the area of natural tooth enamel to receive the restoration. This solution roughens the surface which allows for a stronger bond between the tooth and resin.
Next, the resin is placed on the tooth and treated with a curing light that activates bonding. Your dentist then sculpts the resin to the desired shape, and finally polishes the area.