If you’re “of a certain age,” and imagine a dental filling, you probably envision the old-fashioned silver amalgam dental material. Amalgam was – and is – a very strong material, which made it a good choice for dental restorations. In fact, silver amalgam fillings are still available today in most dental offices. But modern technology has provided patients with another option, and one that Dr. Rivera is pleased to offer to his Victoria, TX, patients: bonded white fillings.
What You Should Know
about Bonded White Fillings
Bonded white fillings are made from a composite resin material that is extremely strong and durable. But for most dental patients, the most appealing feature of this modern dental material is the fact that it can be made to perfectly match the shade of the patient’s natural teeth. That makes fillings virtually impossible to see!
After preparing the tooth for the filling by removing any existing decay and thoroughly cleaning the surface, Dr. Rivera will begin to fill the tooth with composite resin layer after layer, usually using a special light to harden each layer. The final step in the process involves shaping the composite to fit the tooth, and finally polishing the finished restoration to protect it.
Bonded White Fillings
There are other benefits to bonded white fillings, in addition to the color and durability. The bonding process helps to protect the existing portion of the natural tooth, preventing it from breaking and supporting the structure of the tooth.
Another advantage is that bonded white fillings won’t change color, but will remain the same throughout the lifetime of the restoration. This is a huge improvement over silver amalgam material, which eventually turns quite dark – in fact, almost black! – in color.