It doesn’t take much to compromise a beautiful smile. While minor cracks and chips may not seem like a big deal, over time these flaws can open the door for more serious dental problems. To help our patients correct these problems and protect their smiles, our Chicago dentist offers composite (tooth-colored) fillings and bonding to restore the shape, function, and appearance of your teeth.
Restoring a Decayed Tooth with Dental Fillings
Dental fillings are most commonly used to restore teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay or cavity. By removing the decayed portion and filling the area with a composite or metal filling, Dr. Ogbara is able to prevent the infection from spreading without having to alter the shape of the tooth. Thanks to this conservative approach to dental care, our team is able to help patients preserve as much of their natural tooth as possible.
Composite and Amalgam Fillings
At 26th Street Dental Center, we offer both composite and amalgam fillings. While each perform the same function, most patients prefer composite filling for their more natural appearance. Unlike amalgam fillings, which are made of a combination of zinc, tin, silver, and mercury, composite fillings are a combination resin made from fine glass particles. As a result, composite fillings blend in seamlessly with teeth whereas metal fillings tend to stand out more.
Similar to composite fillings, dental bondings are made from a composite resin that blends in seamlessly with treated teeth. Rather than filling cavities, this treatment is used to restore seal cracks, fractures, and chips on teeth. Bonding has also been used to improve the shape of teeth and eliminate gaps between them, making it a faster and more affordable alternative to veneers.