Composite Bonding, Deltona Fl

At Deltona Smiles 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 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 3-20 years depending upon a number of factors. The size of the filling, the oral habits, 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 filling must 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 the color of a crown or filling.

Should I get a porcelain veneer or tooth bonding to close a gap on my front teeth?  

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 work doing a porcelain veneer if you are able to simply ad 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.