Composite Bonding, Deltona Fl
At Deltona Smiles Dentistry in Florida, providing cosmetic dental care is important to Dr. Michael Zerivitz. In addition to making sure his fillings are esthetic, he is also interested in making sure they are both healthy (non-mercury) and conservative. By using a composite material that can be bonded to the tooth surface, it allows, Dr Z the opportunity to make the tooth preparation smaller and more conservative.
By removing less tooth structure, it begins the process of lengthening the life-span of your teeth. Each time you drill on a tooth, it causes a little trauma. By not using amalgam (silver-mercury) type fillings, we don’t need to worry about adding extra tooth removal just to hold the filling in place, since composite material will bond to the tooth. In addition, the mercury fillings will shrink and expand differently than the natural tooth and sometimes cause fractures in the teeth.
Composite bonding materials come in many colors and Dr. Z enjoys being able to not only “sculpt” your tooth to look natural, but also to add tints to a tooth to match the adjacent teeth. This is where the “artistry” of dentistry becomes fun!
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT BONDING:
How long does the composite dental bonding last?
Typically, a composite filling can last from 5-20 years depending upon a number of factors. The size of the filling, the oral habits of the patient, which surface it is on, home care, and more. The nice thing is, bonded composite can be “refreshed” and resurfaced if it starts to stain or get a small leakage. Unlike the amalgam fillings, once it starts to leak, the entire amalgam filling should be replaced.
Can dental bonding be bleached?
In general, the color of the filling material is the color it will be. It does, however, pick up some translucency from the surrounding tooth structure which CAN be bleached, so in essence, you might be able to lighten the tooth up. It is suggested if you are planning on whitening your teeth using carbamide peroxide gel, that you do that FIRST, before you place any composite fillings on the teeth, since it is easier to match the composite filling material to the tooth color than the other way around – trying to whiten the teeth to match the color of an adjacent crown or filling.
This all depends upon several factors. If one or the other tooth already has a porcelain veneer or crown, you will probably want to simply replace that, as composite does not bond well to porcelain. If the space is small, you can avoid extensive dental work doing a porcelain veneer if you are able to simply add a little composite to fill in a small gap. Remember, the material needs to be supported from chewing forces, so if we are talking about a back tooth that has a large gap, or even a front tooth gap larger than 1 mm, you may want to do the veneer.
Contact our office in Deltona, Florida to get a complimentary consultation on bonding!