The beauty of your smile lies in the proper alignment of all your teeth. If a tooth is misaligned, broken, or missing, you may have some questions about which dental services and procedures can help you. One of the most frustrating situations is when a tooth partially breaks. Perhaps your tooth is chipped. You are confronted with conflicting options depending on the damage, such as removing it entirely, or having a dental implant. Thankfully, you can deal with the inconsistencies of your teeth without the need for expensive methods, such as dental crowns or implants.
Bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that can be used to correct issues such as chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth. In this procedure, a tooth-colored composite resin is applied to the cracked or chipped location to seal the gap. This option is preferred by many because it is cost-effective compared to procedures such as dental crowns or veneers. At Atlantic Dentistry, we will help you restore the beauty of your mouth, by covering any cracks in your teeth with resin that is the exact color of your natural teeth.
Are There Any Risks Involved?
Bonding is probably the least risky cosmetic dentistry procedure. In repairing damaged teeth or filling gaps, we do not have to remove the broken ones. The process is performed without affecting the state of your teeth in their natural condition. However, after applying the resin, there is a risk of having it break or separate from the teeth as it is not as strong as your natural teeth. This might be the only reason you may want to consider options such as dental crowns, veneers, or fillings. With a bonded tooth, you have to be careful with the foods you eat and the things you chew. For instance, if you eat ice-cold foods or you chew your fingernails, the bond may break.
How Are Bonds Applied?
When you come to us with a dental problem that may require a bond, we start by analyzing the situation. Some conditions may be too advanced for a bond. If a large part of the tooth is broken, it cannot be repaired with a bond, and we will recommend another option such as crowns or veneers. However, if you are only trying to repair your tooth for cosmetic purposes, we will encourage you to proceed with bonding.
Our dentists will prepare the resin, which includes mixing of colors, to attain the perfect match for your teeth. The bond is then prepared and attached to the space that you wish to seal off. After attaching, the dentist will give you precise directions on how to care for your bond to prevent it from breaking. During the first few days, it is very weak and should be handled delicately.
If you have suffered cavities, tooth decay, or chipped teeth, we can help you fix those inconsistencies with our dental bonds. Bonding will cover any visible cracks or cavities and give you a beautiful smile. Contact Atlantic Dentistry for more information.