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Fillings and Bondings

Fillings and Bondings
dentist Harrisonburg, VA

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.

Dental bonding is an efficient, affordable process of bonding tooth-colored resin to the teeth to hide imperfections like small gaps, minor chips, and discoloration. Along with cosmetic benefits, bonding can also be used to fill cavities. Over time, the bonding may need to be touched up or replaced, but it is highly unlikely that it will fall off or break away as the resin that is bonded to the tooth is permanent. Dental bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete, and can be completed at a dental office.

Dental bonding can be used to cover up imperfections on the teeth, but it also has other benefits as well, including:

  • To fill in a small gap between two teeth
  • To repair decayed teeth by filling a cavity with tooth-colored resin
  • To change the shape of a tooth
  • To repair chips or cracks in teeth
  • To cover up discoloration
  • To protect the root of a tooth after it’s been exposed by receding gums
  • To make a tooth look larger than it is, which is usually done to make it match the other teeth