Restore Your Smile with Dental Bonding and White Fillings Pembroke Pines FL
Your smile’s look and feel are critical to your oral hygiene, general wellness, and self-confidence. Chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth can impact all three areas, making life more difficult than it needs to be. Dr. Milton Ruiz at Pines Dental Associates offers various affordable solutions for damaged teeth or other aesthetic issues.
Dental bonding and white fillings are two economic and painless options for patients in Pembroke Pines, FL. As a patient of Dr. Ruiz, you will not only be in experienced, capable hands, but he will help you understand the range of treatments available and which might be right for you.
White Dental Fillings vs. Dental Bonding
Dental bonding and white fillings are similar dental solutions, though they are often used for different purposes. While both serve a cosmetic function (that is, to restore a natural, healthy look to damaged teeth), dental fillings are typically used for health-related treatments, such as restoration after a dental cavity. However, bonding is usually used to more aesthetic ends, such as fixing a crack or discoloration in a tooth or small gaps.
Bonding takes less than an hour in most cases. Dr. Ruiz will match the color of your bond to the surrounding teeth. He will then smooth the area being treated and apply a special liquid that helps the bonding agent adhere to the tooth. He will then apply a composite resin that can be molded to perfectly suit your mouth. Afterward, he will use ultraviolet light to harden the resin, cementing the shape and restoring your tooth to a more natural, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing shape.
White fillings, or “tooth-colored” fillings, are commonly used to restore the tooth’s structure after Dr. Ruiz has removed a cavity. The name “filling” refers to how the treatment “fills in” areas of the tooth that have been removed as a part of the treatment of tooth decay. The installation of a filling is short and painless, just like with dental bonding. Also similar to bonding, the process of placing a filling involves the use of a composite resin (made from modern, long-lasting materials) that is placed over the treated area and hardened with ultraviolet light. Dr. Ruiz will match the surrounding teeth’ color, so your filling is typically invisible to the casual glance.
Patients in the Pembroke Pines area with questions about bonding or white fillings should contact Dr. Ruiz today to see how he can help. Whether it is a cosmetic concern or a health-related restoration, Dr. Ruiz can help you understand the treatments available. Together you will decide the best solution to your particular issue. Call Pines Dental Associates at (954) 715-4660 to schedule an appointment.
Composite resin, which is also used for dental fillings. It is directly applied to the tooth and held by bonding adhesive. It is layered onto the tooth and shaped before being cured and polished.
A bonding procedure may or may not require tooth reduction, so the need for anesthetics varies. It is a fairly simple procedure that takes some time to complete and can be as painless as expected.
Both follow the same pattern, but the main difference is that a filling works on functionality and helps prolong the longevity of a tooth, whereas bonding performs a cosmetic function too by improving the appearance of a tooth, while also lengthening its life.
Your tooth may feel a little sensitive for a day or two after it has been filled. This is completely normal and is nothing to worry about.
With good care, they can last five to 10 years or even longer before they need replacement. Dr. Ruiz will examine your fillings during your twice-a-year dental visits to ensure they are in good condition.
Dr. Milton Ruiz believes everyone should be able to attain excellent oral health, and his mission is to provide the highest quality care at the most affordable cost to all his patients. Dr. Ruiz is a general dentist with over 25 years of expertise who graduated from Tufts Dental School in Boston.
Dr. Ruiz has completed over 500 hours of continuing education in his decades of practice to keep current on new technology and improvements in dentistry. He is skilled in all aspects of dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry, root canal therapy, sleep apnea therapy, orthodontics, Invisalign certification, Oral Conscious Sedation, and restorative dentistry. You can rely on him to make your dental visit as comfortable as possible.