Bonding is a cosmetic and restorative dental procedure where composite resin is bonded to teeth to change their shape. Bonding can change the shape of teeth and close tooth gaps. Bondings are a fairly quick procedure, you only need one appointment for treatment. They are highly affordable, and many people choose bonding as an alternative treatment to tooth extraction, dental implants, and crowns. Let Schnierow Dental Care be your trusted cosmetic and restorative dentistry provider.
Benefits of Composite Resin Bonding
Dental bonding can take 30 minutes to one hour per tooth. Bonding can last three to 10 years before it will need a more permanent treatment or retouching. This all depends on what type of bonding was done and your oral habits. Bonding does not require the removal of teeth enamel unlike veneers, crowns, and dental bridges. The composite resin used in dental bondings is more prone to staining than porcelain which is widely used in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Resin is less durable than porcelain and metal. Anesthetics are not required to perform bondings unless treating a sensitive tooth. For cosmetic procedures, dental bonding is used to make very small changes to a tooth's shape, or close the gap between front teeth. The placement of composite resin bondings is less vulnerable to fractures when placed in areas of the mouth with low bite pressure, like the front teeth.
Composite Resin Bonding Procedure
Composite resin is used in restorative and cosmetic dentistry for bondings and fillings. Composite resin is a malleable material that can be shaped on the tooth and hardened. Resin can be made in any shade to match the color of your teeth. Dental bonding will be performed by a general dentist. They begin by selecting a composite resin that matches your natural teeth. The enamel is cleaned and an adhesive material is painted on. The dentist applies the resin and molds it to the desired shape. To harden the resin the dentist will use a UV light in a short burst. The resin is polished and buffed so it matches the rest of your natural teeth.
Alternatives to Dental Bonding
Composite resin can treat minor decay or damage to teeth with a filling or bonding. For severe damage, bonding can only mask the decay and a root canal will be necessary. Porcelain veneers are a popular alternative to composite resin bonding. They are twice as durable as composite resin bondings and last twice as long, up to 10 to 20 years. Porcelain is a stain-resistant and biocompatible material. Veneers are more expensive than dental bonding. Veneers require the removal of enamel to be installed, and the procedure is irreversible.
Crowns can restore decayed or damaged teeth to a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. After a root canal, a crown is placed over the shaped tooth. Crowns can be made from porcelain, metals, and composite resin. Our team of dental specialists at Schnierow Dental Care is here for any restorative or cosmetic dental procedure you may be considering to restore your damaged or decayed teeth. Call us at (424) 383-5005 to schedule a consultation.