Dental bonding is a restorative dental treatment where the dentist uses tooth-colored composite resin material to fill in cracks and fractures on the teeth or cover stains and discoloration. Compared to other cosmetic treatments, it’s a quick, affordable, and non-invasive dental procedure.
The procedure is especially ideal for sealing cracks and chips and covering stains from tooth decay, food pigments, and heavy tobacco use. Dentists also recommend dental bonding for closing large gaps between teeth.
Dental crowns have a lifespan of 5 to 15 years.
First things first, the dentist will comprehensively examine your teeth to determine whether you’re fit for the procedure. Dentists may recommend dental fillings or root canals for patients with severe tooth decay or tooth damage. A tooth extraction may be necessary when the tooth is beyond salvation. If you get the green light, the dentist will compare your tooth’s color to a shade chart to find bonding material that matches your tooth’s natural color.
Dental bonding is a non-invasive procedure and mostly doesn’t require any anesthesia. The preparation step involves using an etching acid to roughen the surface of the tooth. Doing so increases the surface area of adhesion to the teeth for the bonding material to adhere sufficiently.
Before applying the bonding material, the dentist first applies a conditioning liquid that makes the bonding material adhere more to the tooth. The dentist then carefully applies the bonding material on the affected tooth and molds it to the desired shape. Using a scalpel, the dentist will then sculpt the tooth to match the natural contour of your other teeth.
Once the dentist achieves the perfect shape, they use a special blue light to cure the bonding material. That way, the bonding material can harden and firmly attach to the tooth. The dentist will polish the bonding material to give it a natural sheen and give your instructions on caring for your dental bonding before sending you home.
A lab-made crown is created with the use of digital or physical impressions that are taken at the office and sent to a dental lab that specializes in fabricating tooth restorations.
This will fit the exact parameters of your tooth and match the natural shade of your teeth if you are looking for a tooth-colored crown. These crowns can be fabricated from various materials, including metal, porcelain, zirconia, or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
After assessing the structure and issues with your tooth and discussing your goals, we can make a recommendation for the best crown materials that will fit your needs. This process is completed in 2 appointments with crown fabrication taking up to 6 weeks.
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Dental bonding is great for repairing physical damage in teeth like minor cracks, chips, and fractures from falls, accidents, and physical sports. Dentists may also recommend bonding for filling small holes caused by cavities. Dentists sometimes use dental bonding to cover stains on teeth, but it’s only limited to minor stains, usually affecting a tooth or two.
No, whitening dental bonding is impossible because the composite resin material used in bonding differs from your tooth’s enamel. Bleaching agents used to whiten teeth will have no effect on the bonding material. Instead, you can opt for a touch-up, where the dentist adds a layer of bonding to cover the discoloration.
Bonded teeth last three to ten years before they need replacing. The adhesive that binds your teeth to the bonding material eventually wears out, and the bonding fails. Bonded teeth can fail prematurely if you bite down on hard substances, causing the bonding to fracture.
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Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns combine the best in aesthetics and durability.