Teeth Bonding as a Viable Procedure in Dental Restoration and Care
Teeth Bonding UsesBonding as a type of tooth restoration has several uses among which are: -
- Repair of decayed, chipped or cracked teeth.
- To change the shape of teeth or even make it look longer.
- To close gaps between teeth.
- For better appearance to discolored teeth.
- To serve as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings.To protect exposed teeth root caused as a result of gum recede.
Dental Bonding Procedures
Unlike porcelain veneers, dental bonding requires little or no preparation. Bonding can be classified into two major types which are direct composite bonding and adhesives bonding.
Direct composite bonding is the process through which tooth coloured composites are employed to fix cavities, repair cracks, close teeth gaps and as well build up teeth edges. Here, the bonding could be applied directly to the roughened surface and then scraped to act the role of a minimally pervasive smile make-over.
Adhesives bonding on its part is what is commonly used for aesthetic crowns, porcelain veneers etc. It is simply the process of attaching a restoration to the tooth. To perform this type of bonding; the dentist will choose a matching colour for the shade of the teeth, roughen and smoothen the teeth surface, apply a tooth coloured putty-like resin, smoothen and mould the applied resin to required shape and style, harden it with an ultraviolet curing light and then polish the surface to match the colour of the rest of the tooth surface.
Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding
Dental or teeth bonding as one might choose to call it is of a much and better alternative to other teeth care types like veneers and crowns. This is because unlike the latter, bonding requires little or no alteration to the original tooth enamel which means permanent loss to original teeth shape or form is avoidable. It is also time effective as bonding could be done in relatively lesser time when compared to other restorative processes like crown and veneer fixing. Unlike every other method, it is also more comforting and does not involve the use of anaesthetic during application.
Bonding unlike other restorative procedures is relatively weaker with lower resistance to stains and as well lacking in durability. Bonding only lasts a few years after which it will be subject to repair. It cannot be used for large cosmetic changes, provides temporal correction of cosmetic defects and suitable only in areas with low bite pressure such as the incisors.
Teeth Bonding ConsultationThe choice of the bonding type is a function of suitability. Visit one of our certified dentists that can help with a professional and informed guide on which a bonding type (whether direct composite or adhesive bonding) is most suitable based on observation and experimentation.
Caring for Bonded TeethRoutine brushing and flossing, regular check-ups as recommended by our dentist and avoidance of teeth contact with hard objects like beer covers, ice, bones etc are among the most effective ways to take good care of your bonded teeth just as it is to the original teeth.
Teeth Bonding Cost
Of the different tooth restoration procedures available, bonding is among the cheapest and cost-effective method to adopt. It saves not only money but also time.