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BONDED FILLINGS FAQ
Bonded fillings, also known as composite fillings, are tooth-coloured materials used to restore the function, integrity, and morphology of missing tooth structures. They are typically made from a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles and are used to fill cavities or repair chipped teeth.
Unlike amalgam fillings, which are silver and contain a mixture of metals, bonded fillings are tooth-coloured and blend in with the natural appearance of your teeth. They bond directly to the tooth structure, providing additional support, and usually require less tooth removal than amalgams.
The process involves removing decayed or damaged tooth material, cleaning the area, and then applying the composite material in layers. A special light is used to harden each layer. Once the process is complete, the filling is shaped to match the tooth’s natural appearance.
The lifespan of bonded fillings can vary, but they typically last between 5 to 10 years, depending on factors like the location of the filling, oral hygiene, and biting habits.
Yes, bonded fillings are considered safe. The materials used are bio-compatible and well-tolerated by the majority of patients.
Bonded fillings are suitable for small to mid-sized cavities. They may not be the best option for very large cavities or for areas under heavy chewing pressure, where stronger materials might be needed.
Bonded fillings do not require special care beyond good oral hygiene practices. This includes regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.
Many dental insurance plans cover bonded fillings, at least partially, especially if they are used to fill cavities in the front teeth. Coverage can vary, so it’s best to check with your insurance provider.
Yes, if a bonded filling chips or cracks, it can often be repaired or replaced. Minor repairs can usually be done without removing the entire filling.
After the procedure, some patients may experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, but this usually subsides within a few days. It’s important to contact your dentist if discomfort persists or if you have any concerns.
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