When you have chipped, severely decayed, cracked, or spaces in between your teeth, dental bonding may provide the perfect solution. But, before you come for your teeth bonding, here are a few common questions that we get to give you an idea of what to expect.
1. What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is the application of resin on the tooth surface to improve its appearance. The non-invasive procedure is among the least expensive dental procedures used to fix a range of dental imperfections.
2. When Can I Use Dental Bonding?
Composite bonding can be used to correct a few dental problems such as:
- Repairing dental decay. Our dentist may opt for dental bonding to fill the teeth cavities.
- Improve severely decayed teeth
- Fix cracked and chipped teeth
- To make your teeth longer when they fail to reach their optimal size
- To close minor spaces in your teeth
- To change the shape of the teeth
3. Does the Procedure Hurt?
No. Although a little preparation is required, anesthesia is not needed as the procedure is non-invasive. However, our dentist in Richmond St. West can administer local anesthesia if you have decay or drilling is required to change the shape of the teeth.
4. What Does the Procedure Involve?
The procedure involves a few steps, but you will only need one dental visit. The dentist will roughen and condition your teeth to help the material bond firmly to the teeth. Bright laser light will be used to harden the material.
The procedure will last between 30 minutes to one hour to complete.
5. Is Dental Bonding Similar to Veneers or Crowns
Dental bonding, veneers, and crowns are used to fix similar dental problems like discoloration and chipped teeth. However, they differ in the type of procedure and durability. Composite bonding is a non-invasive dental procedure that involves the application of a resin.
The dental veneers and crowns, on the other hand, require grounding down of the enamel to make room for the dental fixtures.
Furthermore, veneers and crowns are long-lasting and can last for 15 years with proper care. Teeth bonding lasts between two and 10 years depending on your hygiene, type of bonding and the experience of the dentist.
Dental bonding is used for minor problems. If you have severe dental problems, then the veneers or crowns may offer the perfect solution.
6. I Have Bruxism; Can I Still Use Dental Bonding?
Yes. Bruxism (the involuntarily clenching and grinding of the teeth) can cause tooth damage and lead to cracks or chipping. However, unlike other dental procedures, bonding can be used if you have bruxism, but you need to talk to our dentist in Richmond St. West for options on how to address the problem.
7. Does Bonded Teeth Require Any Special Care?
No. But, you will need proper dental hygiene care to prevent plaque buildup and bacterial growth. Also, don’t use your teeth to cut or bite hard food and objects. Remember, the bonding material can weaken and crack.
If you notice any cracks or abnormalities on the bonding, call our dentist immediately. Keep in mind, these cracks can trap foods and cause bacteria to grow.
Is Dental Bonding an Ideal Option?
Teeth bonding has advantages and disadvantages.
Cosmetic bonding is one of the least expensive and non-invasive dental procedures. Plus, they don’t require dental preparation such as enamel grinding and can be fixed in one dental visit. Also, you will not need any anesthesia unless drilling or dental cleaning is required.
Although composite resin is designed to be stain-resistant, it doesn’t effectively fit this description. With the continuous consumption of coffee and tea, the bonding material will get discolored. Furthermore, the material is not long-lasting compared to veneers and crowns.
Due to these limitations, we use dental bonding to fix temporary dental problems.
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Dental bonding can be used to fix minor and temporary dental problems. Before you consider teeth bonding, it is crucial to speak to our dentist to determine bonding is the best solution or not.