A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more esthetically suited for all teeth.
White fillings are bonded to tooth structure - this means that they actually integrate with the tooth, thereby sealing the gap between tooth and filling and adding their strength to the tooth. This allows for the more varied uses of resin beyond just regular fillings - like placing thin layers over front teeth to change their color, shape or general appearance; or repairing small chips or fractures in teeth; or even being placed in the grooves of teeth to prevent decay from ever occurring. Bonded white fillings are an extremely beautiful advance in the creation of fantastic and healthy smiles.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. Their lifespan is determined by your home-care and eating and grinding habits. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Dental teeth bonding uses an enamel-like material that is applied, hardened and sculpted to change the color or shape of teeth, cover flaws, and close gaps or spaces between teeth in a single visit often without anesthetic. Cosmetic dentistry uses composite tooth bonding as a technique to work wonders for your smile. Dental tooth bonding can match the texture and translucency of your teeth, gaps between the teeth can be closed, the shade of your teeth can be improved, chips, can be eliminated, and you can enhance your self-confidence through an improved smile.
How long tooth bonding lasts depends on many factors that are unique to the individual. Composite tooth bonding materials are wonderful for providing you with the results you want to see; however, there are some limitations to the materials. Some people will get staining on the margins of the teeth bonding and will need some touch-up work. Many people will go for many years and have the tooth bonding look as good as the day it was put in. Regular professional maintenance is recommended if you have extensive dental bonding.