Bonding, Filling & Veneers

Quality Veneers, Bondings, and Fillings 
in Anchorage

J Bryson McBratney is the place to visit if you are looking for high-quality veneers, bonding, or fillings. We have many years of experience working with a variety of materials, and our work speaks for itself. We'll consult with you on strategy and cost, and we will make the entire experience as comfortable as possible. Please take a look at the range of services we provide below, and call our office if you have any questions. For an office visit, please call our staff to make an appointment.

In addition to our regular hours, we're also open on Saturdays. Call for an appointment.
Man having teeth examined at dentists

Fillings

A tooth damaged by decay can be restored back to its normal function and shape with a filling. During a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.

There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver, plastic and porcelain. Together you will work with the dentist to determine which material is best for you, depending on the extent of repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and cost.
Gold fillings are custom made in a laboratory and then cemented into place. Gold fillings are often the most expensive choice, but many consider it the best filling material. Gold inlays are well-tolerated by gum tissues and may last more than 20 years.

Amalgam (silver) fillings are a more inexpensive choice and are tolerant to wear. On the other hand, due to their dark color they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not recommended for fillings in very visible areas such as front teeth.

Composite (plastic) resins create a more natural appearance because they are custom made to the exact color of your natural teeth. While white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last between 3 and 10 years. They may not be ideal for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco.

Porcelain fillings, also known as inlays or onlays, are custom made in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth, resist staining, and are about the same cost as gold fillings. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth, making the filling nearly undetectable.

Tooth Colored vs Amalgam Fillings

Tooth Colored Composite Fillings

Veneers

Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth that is often seen when talking or smiling. There is a direct or indirect procedure used.

The direct technique, usually referred to as bonding, involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are visually pleasing.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.

Bonding

Slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth can be repaired through bonding. During this procedure, a white filling is placed onto the tooth to improve its appearance and "bonds" with the teeth. A filling comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades so it can closely match the appearance of your natural teeth.

Tooth bonding can also be used for teeth fillings instead of amalgam fillings. Bonded fillings are preferred by many patients because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver amalgam fillings. Bonding fillings can be used on front and back teeth depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.

Bonding is a less expensive alternative to other cosmetic treatments and is typically completed in one visit. If your bonding becomes stained or breaks, notify our office immediately. A bonding can generally be easily patched or repaired in one visit.
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