White fillings are for small to medium-sized cavities in areas of the mouth that sustain a moderate amount of chewing pressure. These fillings are used for:
* replacement of composite or amalgam fillings when there is/are:
– leakage: when the filling does not fit tightly against the tooth
– cracks from attrition (grinding)
– erosion from high acid diet
– decayed or worn out fillings
* stained and discolored teeth
* closing gaps/spaces between teeth
* cover exposed roots
A bonding is a composite resin that is used as an alternative to amalgams and veneers.
Bonding can be done on teeth that are misshapen, decayed, cracked, or severely stained.
Although these types of resins are cosmetically pleasing and easily placed, their durability can typically last from 4-7 years before they begin to chip or exhibit signs of wear. When this happens, the restoration will need to be replaced. Poor diet, lack of flossing, inadequate brushing, and a lack of fluoride can all contribute to the rapid deterioration of your tooth as well as any fillings.