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Address: 1400 Hawthorne Street, Suite 4, Alexandria, MN 56308

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Bonding and White Fillings

Extreme close up of teeth biting strawberry.Dr. Haack offers restorative dentistry that’s also esthetic, meaning the restorations blend naturally with tooth enamel for a natural, attractive result. The most common dental restoration, the filling, repairs cavities. Today, we offer custom-tinted, composite resin, white fillings that are metal- and mercury-free. The resin we use for fillings is the same material we use in dental bonding to repair chips, cover stains, or close gaps between teeth.

If you’d like to learn more about tooth-colored restorations, like white fillings and cosmetic bonding, schedule a consultation with Dr. Haack today, in our Alexandria, MN dental office. Call 320-763-7484 now.

About Resin

Dental composite resin is a liquid material made of plastic and glass. Resin is a safe material that can be tinted to the precise shade of natural tooth enamel, which varies from patient to patient. After the liquid resin is applied to a tooth, Dr. Haack shapes it, then applies a cooling light to harden the material. After checking your tooth, the doctor will polish the restoration, and you’ll be ready to go. With good oral health and regular dental care, in the absence of injury, composite resin can last seven years or longer before requiring replacement.

About Dental Bonding

Children, as well as adults qualify for bonding. This simple, one-visit treatment involves adding structure to teeth, to repair or improve appearance. Applied in a thin veneer to the front surface of teeth, bonding can conceal stains and imperfections in tooth enamel. Added for structure, bonding repairs chips and enlarges teeth to close gaps. Some people choose to undergo bonding before getting veneers, to test drive a new, more attractive smile before committing to a significant, long-term investment.

About White Fillings

For decades, dentists relied on metal amalgam to restore decayed teeth. Amalgam fillings are dark, so they make their presence obvious in a white tooth. They also contain trace amounts of mercury, a heavy metal that’s a health hazard to some patients. Watch a few old movies, and you’ll see dark fillings in the actors’ mouths when they open wide. Modern actors opt for white fillings, to retain their Holly wood smiles. Image-conscious patients and Dr. Haack also prefer custom-tinted, tooth-colored composite resin dental fillings. Placement of this restoration requires a single appointment, and your smile will remain all white and wonderful.

If you’d like to learn more about tooth-colored restorations, like white fillings and cosmetic bonding, schedule a consultation with Dr. Haack today, in our Alexandria, MN dental office. Call 320-763-7484 now.

Other Options

Composite resin bonding and fillings are a great option in many cases. However, if you need a stronger restoration, Dr. Haack may recommend an inlay, onlay, or crown. Should you want cosmetic smile changes, he may suggest white crowns or porcelain veneers for a long-lasting, durable result that looks sensational. When it comes to closing spaces, or gaps, between teeth, if a patient’s occlusion is poor, orthodontics may be a better solution.

How to Care for Your Restorations

Dental bonding requires no special care. Like natural tooth enamel, it will chip if subjected to intense or repeated forces. Don’t nibble your nails or bite a pecan to break the shell. Do brush twice, floss once, and use antibacterial mouth wash each day at home. Do attend your routine checkups and cleanings. Should your bonding or bonded filling sustain damage, call our office to schedule an appointment. If a filled tooth begins to ache, you also need to see Dr. Haack.

Schedule Today

Dr. Haack and our team invite you to experience patient-centric dental care, provided by compassionate professionals dedicated to excellence. If you’d like to learn more about tooth-colored restorations, like white fillings and cosmetic bonding, schedule a consultation with Dr. Haack today, in our Alexandria, MN dental office. Call 320-763-7484 now.