Cosmetic Fillings

Dental bonding is a technique that has been used in cosmetic dentistry for many years and can transform your smile in just a single visit to our dentist near Rugby.

The process involves the skilful/artistic use of the correct amount and colour of "dental composite", which is a mouldable material with a paste-like consistency made from acrylic resins and a variety of fillers, depending on the type used.

Bonding is used for a variety of cosmetic dental procedures, including:

  • Filling dental cavities - "white fillings"
  • Replacing metal or amalgam fillings
  • Repairing broken and chipped teeth
  • Closing gaps between teeth (diastamas)
  • Reshaping teeth
  • Smile makeovers - composite veneers (although porcelain veneers are the better option for this)

Dental composite bonding is a popular choice for fillings because the material can match the shade, translucency and even the texture of your own natural teeth and provides a much better result than old amalgam/silver fillings, which can be unsightly when you smile. Cosmetic dentists often replace old metal fillings with tooth-coloured composite. There is much debate in dentistry as to the safety of mercury-containing amalgam fillings, and many dentists are of the opinion that metal fillings must be removed using a safe protocol, which involves isolating the teeth using a rubber dam material.

Bonding is not suitable if you have large cavities in your teeth, as the material does not have a strong structure over large areas. Bonding is ideal for small fillings that are not exposed to great forces.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin laminates or shells of tooth-coloured material (which can be either porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material). They are “cemented” to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance. Many dentists use the analogy that dental veneers are for your teeth what false fingernails are for your hands.

What treatments or problems are veneers used for?

There are a wide variety of reasons why patients opt for treatment with dental veneers:

Stained teeth - badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth whitening or prophylactic treatments can be greatly improved by dental veneers, which function to cover any existing stains on your teeth.

Damaged teeth - teeth that have become badly worn through excessive grinding or by carbonated drinks, as well as those that have been chipped or broken, can benefit from veneers. A small chip on a tooth can quickly be repaired with composite bonding, also knows as "composite veneers". A single damaged tooth can easily be repaired with a porcelain veneer that has the same characteristics and colour as you natural teeth.

Gaps - spaces or gaps (diastemas) between your teeth can easily be closed using dental veneers, giving you a more uniform-looking smile.

Crooked teeth - Veneers are not the ideal treatment for crooked teeth, and from the point of view of preserving your natural teeth structure, orthodontics or Invisalign braces would probably a better solution. However, such treatments can take up to a year or longer. For teeth that are not severely crooked, veneers placed over their front surface will give a straight and perfectly aligned-looking smile. For this type of treatment, many people refer to veneers as "instant orthodontics", as you get a similar end result in a fraction of the time.

Icon - White Spot Treatment

Icon is a newly developed treatment that can improve the appearance of white spots or a mottled appearance of teeth with no drilling.

What causes white spots?

  • Fluorosis – this occurs when there is a very high fluoride intake when the adult teeth are developing
  • Decalcification– this is the loss of minerals from the enamel and can occur during fixed brace treatment
  • “Molar Incisal Hypoplasia” a malformation in the enamel development of specific teeth
  • White spots on adult teeth due to trauma as a baby

How can they be treated?

Many people mistake the white spots or mottled appearance of their teeth for staining and think that the overall colour of the tooth can be improved by teeth whitening; however this would have little effect as the white spots will still remain a lighter colour than the rest of the tooth. I

n the past, the only way to treat teeth with white lesions was destructive treatment such as veneers/composite bonding to mask the appearance.

At Bilton Dental Clinic we offer a treatment called Icon which can restore the natural colour of your tooth with no need for drilling. This minimally invasive technique uses a process of infiltration to blend the white spots in with the rest of the tooth. It is done chairside and can take between 60-90minutes.

Benefits of icon:

  • No drilling
  • No local anesthetic
  • Instant result after 1 hour in chair
  • No pain