what is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a restorative and cosmetic procedure that fixes minor chips, cracks, to reshape a tooth, cover up imperfections like discoloration, close gaps, elongate teeth, or protect an exposed nerve. 

This is achieved by bonding composite resin to the tooth to rebuild or change the structure and appearance of the tooth. Often shaping and contouring, also known as enameloplasty, is used alongside this treatment to achieve the desired look. 

Enameloplasty involves removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth or additional shaping and contouring of the composite resin once it has been placed on the tooth. It is a minimally invasive and painless procedure. It is a much more affordable alternative to veneers.

If you’re interested in dental bonding to fix structural tooth problems or aesthetic imperfections, contact us at Scripps Rock Dental today. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Anthony Hatch or Dr. Shivi Gupta to find out if you’re a suitable candidate.

how long does dental bonding last?

Dental bonding lasts for a variable amount of time depending on how you are for the bonded teeth, your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits, and your oral health. Bonding can last anywhere from 3-10 years. 

To get the most out of your bonding procedure, you should ensure that you have a good oral hygiene routine that will prevent decay and gum disease. Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes at a time. 

Use a soft-bristle toothbrush so you don’t wear away the bonding material and clean your teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Don’t forget to floss and brush your tongue every day. Composite resin can become worn down or chipped just like your natural teeth so take care not to engage in damaging activities. 

If you grind your teeth, you may not be a great candidate for dental bonding unless you can consistently wear a nightguard. Don’t use your teeth as tools to open packages, don’t ever chew on objects such as fingernails, and don’t use bonded teeth to chew on hard foods. 

You should also avoid smoking and using any tobacco products because these can stain the bonded teeth. Limit your consumption of tea, red wine, coffee, and other staining foods and drinks. 

The ADA recommends that you visit the dentist every 6 months for a dental cleaning and checkup. These cleanings can remove surface stains, bacterial plaque, and ensure your dental bonding is in good condition.

is there an alternative to fixing my chipped tooth via bonding?

There are two main alternatives for treating chipped teeth and they are dental crowns and veneers. A dental crown is a good option for significant damage and severely cracked or chipped teeth because it is extremely durable, long-lasting, can be made of porcelain materials to blend in with the teeth.

Porcelain can also be fused to metal in teeth that undergo a lot of force from chewing. Metal materials are the most durable and can withstand the most force. A crown is a cap placed around all of the surfaces of the tooth for protection.

Alternatively, veneers are thin shells made of porcelain that can be placed over the teeth to cover up the appearance of chips and to provide more strength for the tooth. Veneers may be a better option if you have suffered from dental trauma resulting in many chipped teeth. 

They are much more expensive but can last for up to 15 years. Veneers do not fix the structure of the teeth but they do cover them up. If you have suffered from severe dental trauma that has resulted in broken teeth, you may need to have these teeth extracted and replaced with dentures, dental implants, or a dental bridge. 

For minor chips and cracks, dental bonding is the standard procedure to fix these issues as it is highly effective, affordable, and achieves similar results to the alternatives of dental crowns and veneers.

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how do I make an appointment at Scripps rock dental?

Most people with healthy mouths can get veneers. Here are a few factors that may determine if you’re eligible:

Oral Health

You must have a healthy mouth free of gum disease, tooth decay, and other such issues to get veneers.

Orthodontic Issues

If you have severe issues with your jaw or bite alignment, these will need to be treated before you can get veneers.

Teeth Grinding

To get veneers, you must not grind your teeth or you may need to get a nightguard to protect your teeth. This helps prevent premature damage to your new smile.

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