Cosmetic Bonding & Implant Dentistry at Harold M Levy, DMD, PA:
Cosmetic Bonding & Tooth-Colored Fillings
Bonding is actually the term to describe the special adhesive process we use to get cosmetic tooth colored fillings to stick to your teeth. These fillings are used to replace old unattractive fillings, fix fractured teeth, or to change the color or shape of your teeth. As with natural teeth, bonded teeth will wear with time, and may chip or stain. Dr. Levy has not been using amalgam (silver) fillings in teeth for over 15 years. Cosmetic bonding allows us to strengthen your tooth, requires less removal of your own tooth, and improves the appearance of your fillings. Getting rid of the dark grey areas from old fillings will whiten and brighten your smile. Dr. Levy has extensive experience placing the tooth-colored bonded fillings in both front and back teeth.
Before & After Bonding:
Implants are probably the best way to replace missing teeth, as they usually don't require changes to any of your other teeth. A surgery is required, in which a titanium cylinder is placed in a channel made in your bone under your gum. This becomes the "root" of the replacement tooth once the bone has locked it in place. Dr. Levy refers patients to an excellent specialist to put in these implants. After two to six months (depending on the patient) of healing (to allow the bone to secure the implant), Dr. Levy uses the inside of the cylinder to hold in a post, and then makes a crown on this post. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, to act as end supports for a bridge, or to help hold in a denture. In the case of the denture, they are often a life changing procedure for people who have no other way to help false teeth stay in their mouth.