Dental bonding is a procedure used to fill cavities or restore chipped and broken down teeth. The process is simple. After the tooth has been shaped, a very mild conditioning solution is placed on it to create microscopic crevices. A bonding agent (liquid resin coupled with a putty-like compound) is then painted on the tooth. The resin, coupled with the crevices, allows the composite bonding material, a plastic and ceramic compound, to adhere to the teeth. The composite is sculpted then hardened with a high intensity light. This results in a very strong adhesive bond and produces a rock hard substance that seals and restores the tooth to full function, form, and comfort.
Amalgam (silver fillings) is a mixture of silver, tin, copper and mercury. About 50% of the compound is mercury, which is there to bind the other metals together into a malleable substance. For years, there has been much discussion whether silver fillings or bonding material is the better choice to restore teeth. Bonding, which has been around since the 1950’s, is by far more aesthetic and seals the tooth much better than an amalgam filling. A silver filling does not seal, it forms corrosive products. Although a large number of dentists prefer the strong sealing capabilities and aesthetic value of bonding materials, silver fillings have been used as a successful restoration for over 150 years.
Discuss with your dentist what is best for you!
Dr. Herbert Schneider has been recognized for his work with fellowship awards from the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Endodontic Society. He also holds a prestigious Mastership from the World Clinical Laser Institute. Dr. Rachel Jacobs joined the practice in 2006. Her calm, yet precise manner makes her a hit with both adults and children. Both doctors are certified in the uses of three different clinical lasers.
By Dr. Herbert Schneider and Dr. Rachel Jacobs