Bonding & Tooth Colored Fillings
In order to bond composite material to a tooth it is first necessary to remove the decay and prepare the tooth for a filling. Once prepared, composite is applied and is bonded to the etched tooth surface(s). Once applied, composites are hardened by placing a curing light on them for approximately 20 seconds.
Composite fillings are an excellent alternative to metal or silver amalgam fillings. They are used to treat decay on a portion of a tooth, replace old silver fillings, and to maintain a natural white smile.
Composite fillings have distinct advantages over amalgam fillings. They are environmentally non-toxic and mercury free, bond directly to the surface of the tooth, and protect the tooth from fracturing because they don’t require the removal of extra tooth structure.