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By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
September 25, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Bright White TeethDental fillings don't have to change the appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic fillings look just like your natural tooth color and offer an excellent alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Your downtown Washington, DC, dentist Dr. Leslie Bonner offers fillings at The Bonner Dental Network.

What are cosmetic fillings?

Cosmetic fillings are made of composite resin, a soft material composed of powdered plastic and glass. Composite resin is available is tinted to match common tooth colors, ensuring that your dental work is never noticeable. Before you receive a filling, your downtown Washington, DC, dentist will choose a color that closely matches your natural tooth color.

What happens when I receive a cosmetic filling?

Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, then remove the decayed portion of your tooth. Eliminating decay also requires the removal of a margin of healthy tooth structure around the decayed area. The larger the area removed, the weaker the tooth may become. Cosmetic fillings require removal of a smaller margin than silver amalgam fillings, which helps your tooth remain strong.

After the decay is removed, your dentist will apply an etching solution that will help the filling adhere to your tooth, followed by bonding material and the composite resin filling. Your new filling will quickly harden after it's exposed to an ultraviolet curing light.

Cosmetic fillings offer a few important benefits. They bond to your teeth, improving their strength, and don't react to temperature changes. Silver amalgam fillings, in contrast, contract and expand when they're exposed to hot or cold foods or beverages. Constant contraction and expansion can eventually weaken your tooth and increase your risk of cracks and fractures.

Are you ready to improve your smile with a cosmetic filling? Call your downtown Washington, DC dentist Dr. Leslie Bonner of The Bonner Dental Network at (202) 249-9131 to schedule your appointment.

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
September 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth colored fillings can repair your cavity and keep your smile looking as natural and beautiful as possible. But what should you know fillingsabout tooth-colored fillings? Why would you choose them over other filling options? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Leslie Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, DC.

What is a tooth-colored filling? 
A tooth colored filling is a dental filling which maintains the same natural color as your tooth. In the past, fillings were made up of other, less natural-looking materials which were darker in color. Tooth-colored fillings restore almost all of the strength the tooth had before it was damaged. Dentists can use tooth-colored fillings on both the front and back teeth without sacrificing the aesthetics of your smile.

What can I expect from a procedure for tooth-colored fillings? 
Dentists most often use tooth-colored fillings to repair a tooth after it has been damaged by decay or trauma. A filling procedure removes the decayed portion of the tooth, ensuring no decay is left behind. Then, dentists fill the tooth with the tooth-colored composite material, restoring its structure. A specialized UV light directed at the filling materials hardens and sets it. Your dentist will then reshape the crown of the tooth to fit perfectly into your bite.

Tooth Colored Fillings in Washington, DC
Tooth colored fillings can benefit almost any patient requiring a dental filling or dental bonding procedure. Tooth colored fillings can often be used in conjunction with other procedures. These can include a simple filling for a small cavity or root canal requiring filling the entire tooth down to the bottom of its roots. In addition to filling decayed teeth, the materials which make up tooth-colored fillings can reshape a chipped or misshapen tooth.

For more information on tooth colored fillings, please contact Dr. Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, DC. Call (202) 249-9131 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bonner today!



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