There are some cases where a stained or chipped tooth can be fixed with dental bonding or contouring. While these issues can be more severe and so require a different solution, something like an uneven edge or unsightly spot can often be treated without more invasive procedures that can affect the entire mouth.This procedure enhances…
Two Types of Dental Bonding Treatments
Dental bonding involves using resins made from mixtures of plastic and glass to repair, rebuild, and restore damaged teeth structures. It is a non-invasive treatment that is completed in as little as 45 minutes. Issues dental bonding can be used to fix include tooth decay, deformed teeth, discolored teeth, broken teeth, and gaps between teeth.
The two main types of treatments that involve dental bonding
There are two popular ways dentists go about restoring teeth with composite resin. These are:
- Direct bonding: This procedure starts with the dentist using an etching solution to roughen the tooth’s surfaces. This leads to a stronger bond with the tooth and a longer-lasting restoration. The dentist typically applies multiple layers of the composite and uses ultraviolet light to harden it. This is the more commonly used type of dental bonding treatment, and it is completed during a single visit to a dentist
- Indirect bonding: This technique involves creating the composite that will be placed on the damaged tooth outside of a dental lab. The finished restoration is then attached to the damaged tooth to complete the treatment. This requires at least two trips to a clinic
How composite bonding has changed dentistry
Composite bonding provides a straightforward way to repair damaged teeth that does not compromise their appearance. A few decades ago, fillings were the standard way to treat tooth decay, but it was not the most aesthetically pleasing option. Fillings have a dark gray color that is often visible when teeth have been repaired with them.
Composite resins can be color-matched with the rest of the patient’s teeth so any repairs made with them are virtually impossible to detect unless the composite becomes stained.
Teeth can be repaired with composites without the need to make any permanent alterations to them. Restorations like crown and veneers require the removal of enamel which permanently changes the tooth. It will always need a restoration to serve as artificial enamel moving forward.
Other important things you should know about composite bonding include:
- Teeth that have been repaired with composites do not require any specialized cleaning
- Composite repairs can last up to five years with good dental hygiene
- Composites are more prone to staining than real teeth so dentists recommend avoiding tannin-rich foods and beverages like pasta sauce and coffee
- Composites can be strengthened with touch-up treatments, improving their longevity
- The composites used for dental bonding are not as durable as real teeth. Dentists recommend avoiding hard foods that can lead to composites becoming chipped.
- Repairs made with composites can be damaged by habits like teeth grinding. Dentists can provide a nightguard to protect teeth against forces generated while grinding teeth
- Composites cannot be whitened by teeth whitening treatments. People who want a whiter smile should have their teeth whitened before having teeth restored with composites
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