Composite Bonding and Fillings
A material known as composite resin has changed dentistry for the better. As your cosmetic and restorative dentist for the Aliso Viejo area, Dr. Lauren Truong is proud to offer both composite bonding and composite fillings.One is a cosmetic dentistry service, and the other is a restorative dentistry service, but they both accomplish something very similar—they help you keep your smile white.
What Is Composite Resin?
Composite resin is comprised of plastic, not metal. That means composite fillings are significantly different from amalgam fillings. Amalgams contain a wide variety of metals, including mercury. Many believe that amalgam fillings are perfectly safe, despite the presence of mercury. But even if they are, their dark color can attract attention to your dental work and not your smile itself. Composite resin is tooth-colored, allowing you to focus on smiling confidently and being yourself, rather than hiding your teeth.
The Benefits of Composite Bonding
Composite bonding is a cosmetic dentistry solution for patients who have chipped or slightly misaligned teeth, or for those who want to close the gaps between their teeth. Composite bonding is also commonly used to cover teeth with enamel erosion and root exposure due to gingival recession. Typically, composite bonding is completed in just one visit to Dr. Truong’s Aliso Viejo office, and is an affordable alternative to porcelain veneers, a similar service. First, the composite bonding material is applied to the teeth you want to fix and is shaped. Then, a curing light hardens the resin. Afterwards, Dr. Truong just has to artistically sculpt and polish your restoration until it looks natural and blends in with your smile.
The Benefits of Composite Fillings
As we’ve already mentioned, composite resin blends in well with teeth to keep them looking white. But that’s not the only benefit composite fillings have over amalgams. Composite fillings are just as durable as amalgams, and are also temperature resistant. That means they won’t contract or expand. Instead, they’ll stay strong, supporting more of your natural smile and protecting your teeth from bacterial reinvasion for years to come.
One more benefit of working with composites is that Dr. Truong can use the material to reduce teeth sensitivity. For patients who struggle with sensitivity, this can be a life-changing experience, allowing them to enjoy foods or drinks they couldn’t before.
To learn more about composite bonding and composite fillings, call Pacific Park Dental Care today. During your appointment at our Aliso Viejo dental office, Dr. Truong and her team would be happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you might have.