Information About Dental Bonding
Did you know that your teeth are naturally strong and well-equip to handle some seriously tough treatment over the years? It’s true! In fact, tooth enamel is one of the strongest parts of the human body. However, they’re not invincible.
If you’ve ever chipped a tooth on a nutshell or taken a ball to the face (ouch!), you know that first hand. Luckily for you, City Dental Centers offers teeth bonding services that can help repair chipped teeth and prevent further damage from occurring. If you think you may need tooth bonding dental treatments, read on to learn more.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding, also known as tooth bonding and teeth bonding, is a cosmetic dental procedure where your dentist aims to repair chipped teeth, broken teeth, and cracked teeth. However, dental bonding is also used as a tool to combat and repair tooth discoloration, lengthening uneven teeth, and filling large tooth gaps. Dental bonding material is a composite resin that fills in sections of a tooth or replaces pieces that may have broken off for various reasons. And unlike standard tooth crowns used for teeth fillings, dental bonding matches the color of your tooth and looks completely natural. To the untrained eye, you won’t be able to notice the difference once your teeth are bonded.
Which Patients Benefit From Dental Bonding?
Most patients who request dental bonding are first concerned with the unflattering appearance of broken and chipped teeth. And we completely understand why someone wouldn’t want to go around town with a sorry smile. But that’s not the only reason you should consider dental bonding of broken teeth or chipped teeth. In fact, dental bonding to repair damaged teeth is a vital part of maintaining your oral health. After all, strong teeth help you chew properly, avoid painful sensations, and prevent further damage from occurring to your exposed teeth. Additionally, dental bonding may help ensure the health of teeth surrounding those with breaks and chips.
Dental bonding is a service best used for teeth that are still in decent condition excluding the minor damage of tooth breaks, tooth chips, and tooth cracks. They are not meant for patients with severe tooth damage, severe tooth decay, or cases of long-term oral disease. In other words, if you completely lost a tooth, lost a considerable portion of your tooth, or the tooth in question is severely damaged, your dentist may favor dental implants over dental bonding. After all, sometimes, it’s easier to tear something down and build something new than it is to put band-aid after band-aid on a problem. If you are in need of dental implants to replace a tooth and/or bad root, you will likely benefit more from an implant and porcelain crown. However, that’s all up to you and your dentist.
Another important factor to consider is that dental bonding and tooth bonding procedures are best for patients who are relatively happy with the color of their teeth. If that sounds like you, then you’re probably a great candidate for dental bonding. However, if you wish to whiten your teeth, it’s best to do it before completing your dental bonding procedure. That’s because your dentist will be coloring your tooth bonding to match your current teeth. If you choose to whiten your teeth after the fact, your enamel may shift in color but your bonding compound will stay the same. Consequently, you’ll be left with a discolored spot on your bright new smile.
What’s Involved in the Dental Bonding Process?
Teeth bonding procedures at City Dental Centers are simple in-and-out oral operations that typically don’t require anesthesia. However, if you’re also in need of fillings or drastic tooth reshaping, other methods of sedation dentistry may be utilized to ensure your comfort.
First, your dentist chooses the color of composite resin using a color-match chart that most closely matches your chipped or broken tooth. Then, your dentist prepares the dental bonding composite resin and preps the tooth or teeth. Tooth preparation involves roughing up the tooth’s service to ensure the bonding agent will stick and hold well. After all, a rough surface makes it easier for the liquid composite to stick to your tooth. Finally, the dentist uses a UV light to dry the dental bonding composite material and shape it accordingly.
If you’re suffering from chipped teeth or a cracked tooth and think that dental bonding may be the answer to your problem, contact your local City Dental Centers dentist office for more information. We have six convenient locations in Azusa, Lake Forest, Corona, Montclair, Pico Rivera, and West Covina.