Is Dental Bonding Right for You?
One minute everything is fine and the next you have a painful mishap on your hands. A broken tooth is no joke regardless of whether you have pain associated with it. However, it does need to be repaired and soon.
The Problem – Broken Tooth
When a tooth breaks, you could be left with a sharp piece of enamel stabbing you in the cheek or lip each time you try to chew. If the tooth is already weakened by decay, more could break off, creating an even bigger problem. Or, if left for too long, mouth bacteria could attach to the damaged tooth, take up residence and cause further destruction of the tooth as well as to the gums surrounding it. So, what can you do about it?
The Solution – Dental Bonding
Dental bonding can be used for a variety of reasons, whether it is for fillings, tooth repair, a change in shape or length of a tooth, or something else entirely. Dental bonding is a tooth-colored resin similar to plastic. The tooth receiving the bonding material must first be prepared. Afterwards, the bonding material requires time to cure using a special light. Generally, this can take up to an hour for each tooth receiving the bonding resin.
What Kinds of Repairs can Dental Bonding be Used for?
Bonding is used for a number of different dental applications. While a majority of dental repairs involves the use of fillings, there are other types of repairs it can also be used for.
- Composite filling option, in lieu of amalgam filling
- To close gaps between teeth
- Lengthen or change the shape of a tooth
- Repair for chipped or cracked teeth
Dental bonding makes for a fantastic filling material, particularly if used near the front of the mouth where the filling would otherwise tend to be more noticeable. Traditionally, over the last 150 years, fillings were usually created out of amalgam, which is a silvery metallic filling material. Amalgam is strong and durable and is still used today. However, amalgam is a created blend of metals such as tin, silver, copper, mercury, and some trace metals. The problem lies with the mercury. Mercury, by itself, can be a toxic substance and this tends to cause alarm. However, mercury used in amalgam fillings is blended with other metals to form an alloy and still remains approved for safe use by the FDA.
Despite it’s stamp of approval, a number of patients still shy away from amalgam fillings and, instead, prefer alternative dental filling options such as dental bonding (tooth bonding), otherwise known as composite resin fillings.
There’s another reason why patients choose composite resin instead of amalgam. Amalgam’s silvery color gives it a more noticeable appearance, particularly if the filling is near or in the front of the mouth. By contrast, composite resin is tooth-colored, shaded by the dentist, and readily blends in with your natural teeth, thus making it virtually undetectable by others. This makes composite resin a top choice for those seeking a cosmetically appealing dental filling option.
Composite resin is also an economical choice when compared to other filling options such as gold or ceramic, and it is durable. In fact, composite resin fillings, if taken care of, can last up to five years.
Despite the wonderful advantage that dental bonding has when used as a filling, dental fillings are far from the only reason for bonding material. If you have gaps between your teeth and are searching for an aesthetically appealing solution, then you have found it with dental bonding. Sometimes, a gap occurs when teeth grow. However, there are other times when a tooth is pulled and a gap develops when the remaining teeth shift over and redistribute the vacant space along the jaw. Whatever the reason for the gap, or gaps, dental bonding can easily close the space, giving your smile a fuller appearance.
Do you have a misshapen tooth or a tooth that is shorter than the others? Depending on the severity of damage to the tooth, dental bonding can also repair this dilemma. If the problem is more severe, worry not. There are other cosmetic dental options available as well.
There are times when we are not always as cautious with the way that we use our teeth, what we chomp down on, or sometimes what we do without protecting our teeth. As a result, our teeth can sustain injury just as any other part of our bodies can. Teeth, despite their durability, can still chip and break, leaving you with a piece of your tooth missing, and sometimes, with a sharpness to their edge, which can poke at the inside of your lips or cheeks. Dental bonding can repair this as well.
Regardless of the reason for your tooth repair, give our office in Westchester County a call today at (914) 476-4040 to schedule your exam and discuss costs of dental bonding. Dr. Morrow can help you find the best solution to all of your dental concerns.