In recent years, there have been many advances in the field of dental bonding materials. Unlike traditional metal based filling such as amalgam (silver fillings), we now have the ability to chemically bond materials to teeth. This chemical bonding can help in holding compromised tooth structures together, decrease the risk of fractures, and minimize the wedging effect seen in large amalgam fillings.
At Little Big Smiles Family Dentistry, we have chosen the best materials with a proven track record for providing the strongest and most durable bond currently available in our field. By using a strong and durable bonding material we can make sure whatever material we use will stay and last long in your mouth. As for the type of materials we use to bond to teeth, there are two major categories. One is the composite resin filling material and the other is porcelain, such as dental veneers or porcelain crowns.
Composite resin materials have also gone through many phases of advancement over the years. Now, we have materials that are not only strong and durable but also highly aesthetic. This new generation of composite materials have a chameleon effect that makes blending in with surrounding tooth structure virtually seamless. In our office we use composite resin materials for mid to small sized cavities in your mouth. When the tooth is ready for these filling materials we layer them in small increments to ensure the proper strengthening and setting of these materials. After placement we take the time to smooth and polish the edges. This is important because this way we can minimize the likelihood of these composite margins/edges picking up staining over time. We want you to be happy with all the restorations we place in your mouth, so if you have any problems or concerns after we’ve place these restorations, please do not hesitate to come back and let us know.