People often want to know if dental bonding is a worthwhile solution for chips, breaks, and other defects in their teeth. The answer is yes; dental bonding can be an ideal solution for these and other problems. In this blog, we’ll give you a quick overview of what you can expect with dental bonding, tell you why it’s so effective, and compare it to porcelain veneers and crowns.
Dental bonding is accomplished in three steps. First, the area to be bonded is roughened and then etched to ensure that the bonding agent will adhere properly. The bonding agent and the composite resin will then be applied. The dentist will then shape and sculpt the composite to match the appearance of your teeth, and close attention will be paid to the color, so the final product will also match the natural color variation of your teeth. Once this is accomplished, the dentist will apply a special bonding light and polish the final result. Because the composite material is not as hard or durable as the porcelain used in veneers and crowns, many people question whether it is worth it.
The advantages of dental bonding far outweigh its few disadvantages. Bonding is quick, painless, non-invasive, resilient, and relatively inexpensive. First, most dental bonding treatments are accomplished in just one appointment, so you will not need to bother with the multiple visits required by other solutions. Since this solution is non-invasive, there is no need for drilling, shaving, or other types of invasive preparation. You won’t need topical anesthetic or injections of Novocain. In addition, the bonding materials and composite resin used in dental bonding are very similar to those used in creating mercury-free, white composite fillings. They are made to withstand the full pressures of chewing and to hold up over years of use, so they will last for many years. And finally, bonding is not as costly as porcelain crowns or veneers, and when it is used to fix a defect that was caused by an accident, most dental insurance plans will cover it.
In comparison, porcelain crowns and veneers, in addition to being more costly and time-consuming, are most often appropriate for different types of problems. While dental bonding is a great solution for small defects in one or two teeth, porcelain crowns are a great solution to cover defects that involve many teeth. Porcelain crowns are only appropriate for covering teeth that are seriously damaged or compromised, such as in cases of extensive areas of decay or cracks that threaten the foundation of the tooth. With proper care, dental bonding can last as long as porcelain restorations.
In conclusion, it is important to choose the right dentist to provide your dental bonding. The advanced techniques and materials used in dental bonding are not taught in dental school. They require postdoctoral training and a commitment to an aesthetic outcome usually only found in qualified cosmetic dentists.
If you have further questions or would like to find out if dental bonding is the right solution for your particular situation, give us a call at East Valley Dental Professionals.