Fillings & Veneers
It's important for your teeth to both look good and feel good. At our Cheshire dental office, we use a number of procedures that can repair and conceal damage to your teeth.
Dental fillings are necessary when a portion of tooth has become compromised. This can be caused by any number of factors, most commonly:
- Dental decay
- Tooth wear
Cheshire dentists Dr. Bisson and Dr. Fletcher typically place tooth-colored restorations, or composite restorations. Tooth-colored fillings are a long-lasting, healthy, and esthetic solution to cavities.
Bonding and Veneers
Our patients often ask us if they are a candidate for bonding or veneers, which is a great question. Lets discuss a little bit about what bonding and veneers are and the differences between bonding and veneers.
Who is a candidate for bonding and veneers?
Bonding and veneers are placed to help with esthetics, or the look of your front teeth. Bonding or veneers can be used to correct:
- Worn front teeth that concern you esthetically
- Severely discolored teeth (please also see our "teeth whitening" section to see the difference between internal and external tooth staining)
- Crooked teeth
- Improper proportions or sizes of front teeth
Should I choose bonding or veneers?
This is a great question, and to answer it, let's discuss specifically what bonding is and what a veneer is.
Bonding is a technique in which selected teeth are minimally prepared in order to make some space for tooth-colored filling material (dental composite) that is bonded or "glued" to the front of the tooth. This bonding is all done in one visit by Dr. Fletcher or Dr. Bisson.
What are the advantages of bonding?
The advantages of bonding include:
- A beautiful esthetic outcome
- A one-visit procedure
- A painless procedure
- Easily repairable, if necessary
Veneers are similar to bonding in that they achieve similar outcomes. A veneer is a porcelain cover for front teeth. In order to fabricate a veneer for front teeth, we shape the tooth to properly accept the veneer. We then take take dental impressions of the prepared teeth.
We use a local laboratory here in Connecticut to custom fabricate our beautiful veneers from the dental impressions we send. The porcelain veneer takes about two weeks to return from the laboratory.
You might be wondering what in the world you will do for two weeks while the veneer is being made, which is a great question! We create beautiful and stable temporary veneers during the wait time, so rest assured that you will leave our office with perfectly presentable and comfortable temporary veneers!
Veneers also have some advantages:
- They provide a superior esthetic outcome with custom-designed and colored porcelain.
- The procedures is painless.
If you have any questions or feel that you might be a good candidate for bonding or veneers, please call our Cheshire dental office to have a consultation with either Dr. Bisson or Dr. Fletcher!
While Dr. Fletcher and Dr. Bisson prefer to place tooth-colored fillings, sometimes they are not the most appropriate or healthiest choice for your tooth. There are some occasions when silver fillings are the most appropriate, and these include situations when the cavity has occurred beneath the gum line or in the very back of your mouth. We will discuss and decide together what is the best filling material for your specific situation.
If you have additional questions or are ready to schedule an appointment, go ahead and call our Cheshire dental office!