Dental fillings and dental bonding are similar restorations that are used for different purposes. Our Canoga Park dentist can help you decide if a dental filling or a dental bonding will best meet your needs.
A dental filling is a restoration that is used to fill a cavity or area of damage on a tooth. We use tooth-colored composite resin to ensure a more attractive restoration. The composite resin forms a strong chemical bond with the tooth, which helps reduce the risk of fracture, which can occur with silver fillings.
A dental bonding is generally used for cosmetic purposes. Dental bonding material can be used to close gaps between teeth, repair minor chips or cracks, cover stains, or protect worn enamel. They can also be used to protect roots that have been exposed as a result of gum recession.
The process for both restorations is similar. If the tooth has a cavity, the area will be numbed, and the decayed tissue will be cleaned. We will apply a special conditioning liquid before applying the resin in thin layers. The resin is putty-like in consistency and can be molded and sculpted to fit the contours of your tooth. Once the bonding or filling is the desired size and shape, we will cure it with a special light. The job is finished with a polishing tool, which gives it a bright, natural-looking sheen.
Contact us today to find out more about dental bondings and fillings or to schedule your appointment with our expert in dental bonding in Canoga Park.