Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings in Southampton, PA

In the United States, cavities are very prevalent. According to the National Institutes of Health, around 92% of people in the United States between 20 and 64 years old have had a cavity. A filling protects your tooth from additional deterioration and allows it to operate normally.

Do I Need a Filling?

The sooner you get treatment for a cavity, the better the prognosis for your tooth, and the procedure will be less intrusive. Here are some of the signs you need a filling:

  • Sensitivity to sugary foods and drinks
  • A tooth stain, either white or a darker color
  • An ongoing toothache
  • Teeth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
  • A hole or pit in a tooth

Make an appointment with Sleek Smile Studio if you have any of the above symptoms.

What is Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure used to repair the shape, look, and feel of damaged teeth. The procedure uses a special composite resin material that can be molded and shaped to look and feel like natural teeth. Unlike other procedures, composite bonding is completely reversible.

In most cases, composite bonding is used on teeth with light chips or cracks to repair the damage and give your smile a more uniform look. However, your dentist can also use the process to correct major discoloration issues in teeth as well as gaps. Resin can be applied to a tooth and tinted to match the other natural teeth, or a tooth can be reshaped to a different size to cover a gap.

What to Expect

Our team at Sleek Smile Studio will apply a putty-like composite resin to the tooth’s natural surface in stages, shaping and sculpting it as needed. To harden that composite layer, a high intensity curing light will be utilized. The preceding phase will be repeated and cured until the filler or direct composite has attained its final shape.

Dr. Bukovcan will also apply a suitable finish to the bonded resin to ensure that it does not dislodge or cause tooth discomfort and feels and looks smooth.