Resin fillings are a wonderful way to restore small amounts of damage in teeth caused by decay. Because the resin material bonds directly to teeth, it creates a long lasting seal. These fillings are able to withstand the continuous biting pressure associated with chewing.The Procedure:
- A handpiece is used to remove the decay and shape the tooth
- A chemical compound is used to roughen the surface of the tooth ensuring there are enough nooks to create a strong bond.
- To mold the filling to the shape of the prepared tooth, we place a flexible band around the tooth securing it with a small wedge.
- If the filling is deep, medication is sometimes applied to minimize any side effects of hot and cold sensitivity.
- The shade of your tooth is matched closely to the shade of the resin material.
- Once the resin material is applied, we use a curing light to harden and secure the filling.
- After the filling has solidified, we then adjust the bite and polish the surface, giving the tooth a natural look and feel.
Benefits of Resin Fillings:
- Resin filings release fluoride over time continuously re-mineralizing the tooth.
- Resin material bonds with the tooth structure.
- On a micro-level the resin material expands and contracts, imitating the behavior of live tooth structure.
Post-op instructions for Resin Fillings:
- If a local anesthetic was used during the procedure, to prevent damage to your check or tongue, avoid chewing until the numbness has worn off completely.
- If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold for a few days, this is normal. To minimize this side effect, use desensitizing toothpaste.
- If the gum tissue is swollen, rinse with salt water three times a day.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
If you have close, small gaps between your front teeth, uneven teeth or gum recession, you can benefit from dental bonding. Sometimes when teeth are chipped or worn we can repair and protect them from further damage. First, we prepare your teeth and apply a conditioning gel before the resin (tooth-colored) material is placed and sculpted to the natural shape of the tooth.