Bonding is an alternative to veneers, and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misarranged. The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance. The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly.
We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies. Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break.
Dr. Melissa Freeman has been practicing dentistry for twenty seven years. Originally from Texas, she received her Bachelor 's Degree in Biology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1985. Dr. Freeman received her doctorate of dental surgery degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio in 1989. She is licensed to practice dentistry in Washington and Texas. Dr. Freeman is a member of the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association, the Mount Baker District Dental Society, the Trinity University Alumni Association, the University of Texas Dental School Alumni Association, and the Texas Dental Association.