Firlik Family Dentistry cares about how your smile looks so you can have the confidence you deserve.The days are long gone, when the dark silver amalgam was the staple product used in filling cavities.To fill cavities and perform other tooth repairs, the dentist at our Belmont, MI dental practice, will instead use a natural-looking white composite material to match your tooth color, enhancing your smile.
Bonding and Composite Fillings
Dental Bonding techniques are a popular and effective method of enhancing the esthetics of your smile. So what can dental bonding be used for?
- To fill Gaps or Spaces in teeth;
- Filling a cavity once decay has been removed
- A perfect solution to conceal stained or discolored teeth
- Build-up for a broken tooth cusp
As stated earlier, silver amalgam fillings were commonplace as the primary material to fill cavities.Many older patients have them.Some people are lucky enough to have only a few silver fillings.And others have so many that from an esthetic perspective, make them feel uncomfortable.
There are a plethora of articles written stating that amalgam fillings pose the danger of mercury poisoning, creating unnecessary fear.The FDA has given its approval for amalgam material, but did you know that they can be replaced with a strong, esthetically pleasing composite material?If you have existing amalgam fillings, Dr. Firlik can safely remove them and replace them with tooth color-matched composite resin to create a smile you will love.
Composite fillings, unlike amalgam fillings, limit or prohibit expansion and contraction resulting from fluctuating temperatures. Because of this, you can relish in your favorite hot or cold drinks and foods without having your fillings move or experience any pain.And any further bacterial decay will be prevented.
Dr. Firlik may propose composite resin if you need a front tooth filling. We refer to the six most front teeth as “anterior” teeth.These are the teeth that really define your smile. She highly recommends composite resin for any anterior teeth restorations and will match the color of your composite filling to the rest of your teeth so your smile will stand out.
Procedure in using Composite Materials for Cavities and Bonding
To rectify gaps, cracks, cavities, stains, and discolored teeth, composite resin is an ideal solution. To apply composite resin to a tooth, a dedicated adhesive gel would be first brushed on to assist in the tooth-resin bond.Once the resin gets sculpted/shaped over the gel, the resin is exposed to a special LED light used to harden the composite, which is then blended and polished to a smooth, unnoticeable finish.
Bonding is a considerable improvement over traditional silver amalgam fillings. With this advancement in dental technology, bonding can easily last for over ten years. It is a safe, affordable, and an attractive solution for many dental problems.
Dr. Firlik, at Firlik Family Dentistry, will help you gain back your confident smile using composite resin fillings or other bonding procedures.
We are proud to provide a state-of-the-art facility for the highest quality dental care available. It is our top priority to protect the well-being of our patients. Learn more about our Belmont dentist →
Firlik Family Dentistry
6225 W River Dr NE
Belmont, MI 49306
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Tues: 8am - 5pm
Wed: 8am - 5pm
Thurs: 8am - 5pm