Dental Bonding Candidates
By Stephen Rogers on September 14, 2012
There are plenty of options out there for getting the smile that you've always dreamed of. When you come into our Long Island cosmetic dentistry center, we'll be more than happy to discuss all of these matters with you in full detail so that you can make a well-informed decision about the health of your mouth as well as the appearance of your smile. One option that may be very helpful for many people is dental bonding, which we'd like to take a moment to look at right now.
About Dental Bonding
Dental bonding refers to the use of specially mixed composite resins to help mask minor cosmetic imperfections on the surface of a tooth. At our Massapequa cosmetic dentistry center, we will color match the bonding material to the patient's tooth so that no one will realize that any dental work is performed.
How Dental Bonding is Performed
The first step of the dental bonding procedure is to thoroughly clean the tooth. This ensures that there is no plaque between the bonding material and the tooth itself. Next, the right composite resin will be selected for your tooth, taking into account the color of the tooth itself as well as the shade of the surrounding teeth. The surface of the tooth is then treated with a special solution to create a rough surface. This will help the composite resin stay in place better. Once the resin is painted onto the tooth, your dentist then carefully polishes the tooth surface so that the resin and the tooth structure blend in seamlessly.
Dental Bonding and Chipped Teeth
If you have a tooth that is slightly chipped and it's a purely aesthetic problem, then dental bonding is an ideal cosmetic dentistry solution for you. It's a very conservative approach to restoring missing tooth structure.
Dental Bonding and Cracked Teeth
For cracks in teeth that are very thin and pose no dental health risk, dental bonding is also an ideal solution to consider given its conservative nature.
Dental Bonding and Tooth Discoloration
People with major tooth stains may be good candidates for dental bonding. Ideally teeth whitening treatment is best for tooth discoloration, but major problems will sometimes need the cosmetic resins for effective masking.
Alternatives to Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is sometimes not enough for more serious cosmetic tooth problems. For more serious chips, cracks, and stains, porcelain veneers are the answer. These are thin ceramic shells that are adhered to the front portions of the teeth, masking imperfections from view.
If you have a chip or crack on a tooth that causes major structural damage, it's important that we look into restorative procedures. Long Island dental crowns, inlays, or onalys may be recommended depending on the severity of the tooth damage. We'll always opt for the more conservative and effective option in order to preserve tooth structure.
Learn More About State-of-the-Art Dental Care
For more information about dental bonding as well as your many other options for enhancing the appearance and health of your smile, be sure to contact our Massapequa cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. We all look forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health.
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