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How Does Dental Bonding Differ From Dental Fillings?

When you have tooth decay or damage, it’s important you trust your dentist to get the job done well. At Aspen Hill, you can. We want you to be informed about the latest and greatest dental technologies that we use in our office, like dental bonding. Used to fix tooth damage and decay, dental bonding is a modern and improved form of a classic, silver filling. Below is an explanation and comparison of dental bonding to the classic silver filling, and why Dr. Stoll chooses to use bonding in most situations. To get in contact with Aspen Hill, a family dentistry office, in Wheatridge, Colorado, visit our site today.

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Material

The biggest difference between bonding and a silver filling is the material used in the filling itself. With a classic filling, the material used is called amalgam. It is a metal alloy produced from mercury, silver, tin, and copper and takes approximately 24 hours to harden fully. In dental bonding, the material used is a composite of acrylic and ceramic that is hardened by light, so it is hardened instantly. Both materials can be formed to the shape of your teeth, but the composite material used in bonding is much easier to work with and mold. Because the two are made from different materials, there are several differences between them.

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Coloring

We all know what an amalgam filling looks like – a silver splotch in the center of an otherwise white tooth. Amalgam fillings are not the most attractive thing in the world. Bonding, on the other hand, does not stand out in your mouth. Once in place, dental bonding is unnoticeable. The natural coloring of the composite material is white and can be custom-made to match your tooth coloring, making it one of the most flexible tools we work with each day. This also means no one will ever notice your filling — even you. This is one of the biggest reasons we like to use bonding in our dentistry. It keeps the teeth of our patients looking pearly white.

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Durability

Another difference between bonding and a classic filling is durability. The composite material used in bonding is very durable, with a lifespan of up to 10 years. Amalgam, on the other hand, because it’s a metal, can last for up to 15 years. This slight difference is significant, but not a major drawback for bonding, as bonding does a better job of sealing the tooth in many cases. It is still a very durable material and will last a very long time. As you will see, although bonding may not last quite as long as amalgam, bonding has capabilities that are not shared by a traditional silver filling.

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Uses

While amalgam is only used for fillings, bonding can help to solve many kinds of tooth damages and other issues. Because of the coloring and flexibility of the composite material used in bonding, it is used to repair chipped teeth, repair tooth decay, change the coloring of your teeth, and in some cases, used to change the shape of your teeth. It can also be used to protect the root of a tooth with receding gums. As far as cosmetic dentistry goes, dental bonding is one of the most affordable and convenient ways to change the look of your teeth.

When considering getting a traditional filling or dental bonding done, the biggest consideration you should make is how it is going to look. There is no question that dental bonding looks better. But if you are looking for durability, amalgam is the way to go. For questions regarding this topic, reach out today! If you need any general dental work done or are interested in cosmetic dentistry, book an appointment with Aspen Hill Dental today!