If you have a chipped or cracked tooth or your tooth is slightly discolored or decayed, you are likely presented with many options including crowns, veneers and bonding.
Dental bonding is the least expensive option and is the only option that can be done within 30-60 minutes in one office visit.
Before you decide to have the dental bonding procedure done, it’s important to educate yourself about the procedure to determine whether it’s the right option for you.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a restorative dental procedure whereby a type of resin composite (plastic) is attached (or bonded or cemented) to the surface of a tooth.
This resin is hardened into place using a special light. Once the bonding has hardened, it is filed down to the proper thickness, size and shape.
The resin bond covers the cracked, decayed or discolored portion of the tooth, protecting the tooth from further damage.
7 Things You Should Know About Dental Bonding
Being educated about dental bonding will help you determine whether it’s the best option for you. Quick and less expensive dental options may not always be the best.
Here are 7 things you should know about dental bonding:
No Anesthesia Required
Getting a dental bond is one of the simplest, fastest, least invasive dental procedure there is. Because of this, dental bonds don’t require anesthesia.
Covered by Insurance
What’s better news than the fact that that dental bonds are significantly less expensive than crowns or veneers? That in most cases, they are also usually covered by dental insurance. Not only would you pay less to begin with, but with insurance, you’ll end up paying even less for the bonding procedure.
Not Stain Resistant
While dental bonds are used in some cases to improve tooth discoloration, the resin used in dental bonding isn’t resistant to stains, especially the longer the bonding is. The resin may initially resist most stains, but as it gets worn, the less effective it is at resisting stains on the tooth.
Most dental bonds last between two and ten years. Crowns, veneers and other dental prosthetics that are made of porcelain, can last 15 to 20 years. The resin of dental bonding isn’t as durable as porcelain.
Fillings Are a Type of Bonding
When you have a cavity filled, you’re getting a type of bonding procedure. The same resin used in dental bonds are used in dental fillings.
Bonding Isn’t Effective on Severely Damaged or Decayed Teeth
If the crack or cavity on your tooth is too large, a crown covering the whole tooth will be a better option. Similarly, if a tooth has decay in its pulp, a crown would provide the optimal protection and stability that a dental bond can’t provide.
Bonding Has Many Uses
Dental bonding can be a good solution for other dental issues other than covering up cracks, discoloration and decayed areas of a tooth. Bonding can help close embarrassing gaps between teeth, elongate teeth, and enhance the appearance of a tooth by changing its shape and size. Bonding can also be used to protect a tooth’s root when there is gum recession around the tooth.
Dental bonds are effective, economical and quick solutions to minor tooth cracks, chips, decay and discoloration. They can protect your teeth from further damage.
In some cases, crowns may be a better option for patients.
If you notice a crack, pain or discoloration on any of your teeth, call Hazzouri Dental today to set up an appointment. Our professional and knowledgeable staff will inform you about your tooth care options and whether dental bonds will be appropriate for your case.