If you have a broken tooth, chances are it is painful and you are feeling self conscious about it. At Cherry Hill Dental Smiles we provide various cosmetic restorations to repair your broken and damaged teeth. One of these restorations is dental bonding. Dental bonding is a standard procedure that many people have done at some point in their lives. While it is not as complex as other dental procedures, you still need to consider it before getting a dental bonding done. Our professionals will go over everything you need to know about dental bonding so you can make an informed decision.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a standard procedure that involves using tooth-colored materials to correct chips, cracks, broken teeth, or discoloration on your teeth. A composite resin material will be applied directly onto the surface of your tooth and then sculpted into shape by our professionals. This process only takes about 30 minutes, depending on how many surfaces need to be treated. Once it has dried, you will have an entirely new-looking smile!
Who Should Have Dental Bonding Done?
Anyone who has chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, or has discoloration on one of their teeth can benefit from dental bonding. It is much less expensive than other procedures, and it does not involve having your enamel shaved down, as some other dental procedures do. Dental bonding also allows our professionals to correct areas harder to work with, such as between the teeth, since no drilling is required!
Types of Dental Bonding
There are two types of dental bonding: direct and indirect. With direct bonding, our professionals will place a protective covering on your tooth's surface before applying the resin material directly onto it. Once that is finished, they'll remove the protective coating resulting in an entirely new-looking smile! The entire process only takes about 30 minutes, depending on how many surfaces need to be treated.
Indirect bonding is used when there is not enough healthy enamel available for our professionals to bond the composite resin, which means they must use existing tooth structures instead. Our professionals will do their best at matching up shade and texture, so you don't notice any difference, but if you look closely, everything should appear normal again! This process can take up to 90 minutes, but it is usually completed within an hour.
Materials Available To Choose From
There are a variety of materials our professionals can use to do dental bonding. The most common type is composite resin, but they also can use ceramic or glass ionomer material. Composite resin is a tooth-colored plastic put into place while it's in liquid form and then hardened with a curing light. This makes it durable and long-lasting. However, it may start to wear down over time and will need to be replaced eventually. Ceramic and glass ionomer materials are made from natural ingredients, so if you are looking for an eco-friendly option, this would be the best choice!
If you have broken or damaged teeth and are interested in learning more about dental bonding, we suggest you come by Cherry Hill Dental Smiles. Alternatively, you can call us at 856-667-3737, and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.