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Replace Amalgam Fillings with White Composite Fillings for a Stunning Smile

Advance Dental Clinic in the heart of Essex provides white fillings to restore your teeth safely with the added benefit of natural looking aesthetics. White fillings are more environmentally friendly than amalgam fillings and we provide new fillings as well as replacement white fillings for mercury amalgam fillings.

What are fillings and why would I need one?

Fillings are restorative dental treatments most commonly used to fill cavities, which are holes that develop in the surface of tooth. Cavities increase the risk of oral infections and filling the cavity helps to prevent further decay, as well as making the tooth stronger.

In the past, mercury amalgam was used to fill cavities, but more and more dental patients are now choosing to have white fillings. White fillings, which are made from dental composite, match the natural tooth colour for improved aesthetics and are also considered a much safer option than mercury fillings.

If you have tooth decay, you may be advised to have a filling. Fillings are a means of bolstering the tooth and preventing the infection from spreading to other parts of the tooth. Fillings can also be used to repair damaged teeth.

What happens when a tooth is filled?

The procedure to fill a tooth is fairly straightforward and involves preparing and cleaning the tooth and then filling the cavity. Initially, the decayed tissue will be removed from the tooth and then the hole will be cleaned thoroughly to remove bacteria. Bonding agent is then applied to the cavity to enable the composite to stick. The composite is then poured into the cavity and hardened using a curing light. This process is quick and painless. The filling is then trimmed and treatment is complete.

Replace old fillings with cosmetic bonding at Colchester dentist

There are many different dental treatments available to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. Teeth that are damaged either structurally or by staining and discolouration can be restored using veneers or whitening treatments. It is also possible to use orthodontic straightening devices to realign teeth that are crooked. However, one of the most versatile and commonly used cosmetic dental procedures is known as cosmetic bonding.

Cosmetic bonding has been used for a long time in dentistry because of its versatility and ability to transform the smile in a single visit. It is made from a composite resin that can be mixed up to closely resemble the colour of the existing teeth of the patient for an impressive cosmetic result. Cosmetic bonding is commonly used for filling dental cavities or replacing the old fashioned and controversial silver amalgam fillings. It is also used for restoring broken or chipped teeth, closing or evening up spaces between teeth and for covering areas of discolouration.

Cosmetic bonding is very popular for fillings because it has a much better cosmetic appearance than silver amalgam fillings, which can look very unattractive in the mouth. Although bonding is not ideal for use in large areas, it can be used in small cavities and also to hold a ceramic inlay in place. It is also completely safe to use unlike the silver amalgam fillings, which contain mercury vapours that can damage the body. Many patients are opting to have their old silver amalgam fillings replaced with composite bonding for these reasons.

Before cosmetic bonding takes place anywhere on the teeth, the surface of the area on question will need to be etched or roughened to allow for greater grip. The bonding is then applied and made solid using the heat of a dental laser. This makes the bonding firm offering protection and aesthetic improvement to the teeth. Find out more about composite bonding at a Colchester dentist. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford

Versatile cosmetic bonding from Chelmsford dentist repairs teeth

Cosmetic bonding has been used for many years in cosmetic dentistry to transform smiles. The process involves using small amounts of acrylic resin and moulding it into the desired shape. Cosmetic bonding is the most versatile tool in cosmetic dentistry that can be used to fill dental cavities, repair broken or damaged teeth and even as an alternative to porcelain veneers.

Bonding is a popular choice for filling material as it can be made to closely match the colour of the existing tooth enamel. It is often preferred to silver-amalgam fillings, even though it is not as strong, because of the aesthetic advantages and also because of the controversy surrounding the safety of using mercury in amalgam fillings. Many patients are even choosing to replace their old-fashioned amalgam fillings to improve the appearance of their teeth. For large cavities it may not be possible to use cosmetic bonding because it can become brittle in large areas, but by using a ceramic inlay cemented with dental bonding the same results can be achieved.

Composite bonding can also be used to seal cracks that have been caused by physical trauma to the teeth. It can also be moulded to repair small chips. The procedure involves mixing the resin to the right consistency and colour before applying it in layers to the desired shape. When satisfied, the dentist will then set the bonding hard with the heat of a dental laser before polishing the cosmetic bonding to make it appear more like enamel. Chelmsford dentists also use bonding to cover discoloured or stained teeth, producing results similar to having a set of porcelain veneers but at a fraction of the cost. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Versatile dental bonding from Basildon dentist saves tooth

Dental bonding is one of the most straightforward and easily affordable of the cosmetic dentistry procedures and is used to repair damage caused by chipped, cracked or broken teeth. It is also being increasingly used to repair cosmetic problems such as unevenly spaced, badly worn or discoloured teeth. In the last twenty years it has also replaced silver amalgam as the filling material of choice to repair cavities.

Dental bonding, also known as cosmetic bonding, is made from a resin and can be coloured to closely match the colour of existing teeth. The resin can be made up on the spot by a dentist and does not require laboratory conditions necessary to manufacture crowns and veneers. This is the reason that dental bonding is so cheap when compared to other cosmetic dentistry treatments. It also means that treatment times are significantly shorter. In fact, unless there is a large area that requires bonding, most treatments can be carried out in only one visit to the dentist.

Unless being applied to a particularly sensitive area such as an exposed cavity, dental bonding is also completely pain-free. It is very rare that a patient will need any kind of anaesthetic before a dental bonding treatment.

Dental bonding is applied by the dentist to the require area and sculpted into the required shape. When satisfied the dentist will use the intense heat of a laser to set the bonding hard. When set the bonding is very durable and resistant to staining. For badly worn or discoloured teeth, dental bonding can completely transform their appearance in as little as a couple of hours and will cost far less than a set of veneers.

Due to its versatility and affordability, dental bonding is a popular choice with both patients and dentists. Basildon dentists are using dental bonding more and more to repair damaged teeth and improve the cosmetic appearance of others. Ask your dentist in Basildon about the possibilities of dental bonding and find out what it could do for you. Call 01245 268 494 to make an appointment with Dr Moore for a free consultation.