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A cracked or chipped tooth can adversely impact your life in a variety of ways. It can compromise your oral health, causing more serious conditions that require extensive dental work down the road. It can also tarnish your smile, making you less likely to flash your pearly whites in public. Fortunately, many minor chips and cracks can be repaired with a simple, single-visit procedure called tooth bonding.
Oradell Family Dental also offers tooth colored fillings which provide you with a high quality restoration that will not mar your smile. We also regularly remove old metal amalgam fillings and replace them with tooth colored fillings to provide you with a safer, more advanced option. To learn more about dental fillings and bonding in Oradell, schedule a consultation with our professional team.
Metal amalgam fillings have been used in general dentistry since the early 1800’s, making them one of the oldest dentistry solutions still in use today. However, dental technology has progressed immensely since the early 1800’s, and dental fillings are no exception. In fact, many cosmetic dentists no longer offer metal fillings.
Oradell dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter offers two types of tooth colored fillings to patients:
Each of these types of fillings can repair your tooth in a manner that is both safe and aesthetically pleasing.
Metal fillings can expand and contract with contact to heat and cold, weakening the inner structure of your teeth and causing them to break. Over time, this will lead to greater dental issues, requiring more involved restorations. Furthermore, many amalgam fillings use mercury, which can pose hazards to your health if it leaks into the blood stream. By using tooth colored fillings, you can avoid these problems, ensuring that your teeth will remain healthy for years to come.
If you have a cavity that needs to be filled, Oradell Family Dental provides natural-looking dental solutions to patients throughout Oradell, Dumont, Bergenfield and the nearby areas of Bergen County and Northern New Jersey.
Tooth bonding is most commonly used to repair minor chips and cracks, but it may also be used to build up teeth which are misshapen or too small. Additionally, tooth bonding may be used to improve the appearance of teeth that do not respond to traditional tooth whitening treatments. An opaque bonding material may be applied in a brighter white to give the appearance of vibrant, white teeth.
However, tooth bonding cannot be used to protect teeth which are severely broken. In some cases, Dr. Perlmutter may recommend a tooth crown instead in order to protect a damaged tooth.
Tooth bonding is performed with very little preparation to your teeth. In most cases, the tooth bonding material is applied in several thin layers. Each layer is applied and then hardened with a special light. The final layer receives a special sealant and is polished to match the surface of your tooth.
The dental composite that makes up the tooth bonding material is a combination of resin and other minerals which blend in with the appearance of your surrounding teeth. It comes in virtually any shade and enables Dumont and Oradell area dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter to repair your teeth with bonding in a completely natural-looking way.