Dental bonding is a material made of resin used most commonly to solve issues with cavities or minor cracking of the teeth. Cosmetically, we use dental bonding to reshape the teeth and make them look longer. Dental bonding is applied to the affected area and then sculpted.
After sculpting, we use a light which emits ultraviolet rays which cures the dental bonding, allowing it to become harder and more durable. Dental bonding is a great material that helps promote good dental hygiene and discourages the progression of serious tooth problems and gum disease.
Though dental bonding may seem like a cure-all, in certain circumstances it may not be the appropriate solution. We will examine your damaged teeth before deciding whether or not dental bonding is a viable solution. Generally, dental bonding can only be used to repair teeth if they are only damaged a small amount. Dental bonding could be used for larger cracks and cavities, but the material may not support the tooth fully causing it to degrade further over time. Other candidates who may not be able to use dental bonding for tooth repair are people currently suffering from infected tissue beneath the tooth.
Other Options Besides Dental Bonding
An alternative to the cosmetic use of dental bonding are veneers. Veneers are either made of porcelain or composite and are very thin. Depending on the veneer, we will either shave the tooth's surface and place the veneer on the tooth, or we can place certain veneers right on the tooth.
If you are considering dental bonding for damage purposes, we will need to take a look at the affected tooth. If you are not eligible for dental bonding, do not worry. There are many other techniques that we can use to repair your teeth which will be more effective for your circumstance. Common techniques used to repair damaged teeth are crowns, inlays, and root canal therapy. Please schedule an appointment by calling our office, and we will find what method will work best for your situation.