If you have ever had a chipped or cracked tooth, you know how uncomfortable it can be. It can interfere with your teeth functioning correctly, while also giving an undesirable appearance. Leaving chips and cracks for too long can also cause bigger problems over time. One of the quickest, easiest, and least expensive ways to fix this problem is with dental bonding.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a process somewhat like filling cavities. The dentist takes a composite resin compound and applies it to the tooth. This compound can be colored to match the teeth for a natural look. When filling cavities, the same type of material is used, but in a different technique. Cavities need the material pushed into the cavity hole after being cleaned out. For cracks and chips, the material is layered onto the front and lower surfaces of the tooth or teeth that are damaged to smooth the crack or chip creating a full and complete tooth again.
After application, the material hardens and bonds to the surface of the teeth. It becomes almost like an extension of the tooth. This hardening happens quickly with the use of a curing light. After drying, the dentist can contour the material to look like a normal tooth. Once it looks like a normal tooth, it is smoothed and polished to feel like a natural tooth surface too.
When a tooth is cracked or chipped, the structure of the tooth is weakened. Damaged teeth are more likely to keep breaking and cause cavities and infections. When dental bonding is used, it provides strength to the existing tooth, solidifying it. This protects teeth from further damage.
Is Dental Bonding Right for Me?
Many dentists recommend tooth bonding because of the ease and comfort of the procedure. If you are unsure if it is right for you, here are some of the main benefits to consider:
- Cost Effective- dental bonding is very inexpensive among the available options for fixing teeth.
- Fast Procedure- it is done in one appointment during a lunch break.
- Unnoticeable- it is easy to match the tooth color so that the results are natural looking.
- Long Lasting- dental bonding lasts for at least five years.
- Cosmetic Benefits- because of the shaping step of the process, teeth can have a more symmetrical look.
The reason dental bonding is faster than a crown or porcelain veneers is because there is no need to wait for a third-party lab to create a product. Instead, everything is done in the dental office. Thankfully, this means you can get back to your regular life faster and look like yourself again.
Depending on the chip or crack in your tooth, getting the work done quickly matters to prevent more problems with your teeth.
How Can I Get Dental Bonding Done?
If you are interested in talking to our dentist or staff about dental bonding, make an appointment today. We are happy to answer any questions you have about the procedure or costs. If you have a crack or chip in your tooth, we can look at it and give you our recommendations on the best procedure for your circumstances. For dental bonding in Scranton, PA, Dr. Hazzouri has experience you can trust.