Dental bonding is a multi-purpose dental procedure that can be used to fill small holes in your teeth, solve some of the issues that could otherwise be addressed with porcelain veneers
, and protect your teeth. The term "dental bonding" refers both to the procedure and to the pliable substance used in the procedure.
Uses for Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is extremely versatile and customizable. It can correct many common cosmetic dental problems
Bonding vs. Veneers
Dental bonding is a soft paste that Dr. Raymond applies to your teeth in increments, sculpting it to the desired shape. It is then hardened with a curing light and polished to be exceedingly smooth and beautiful.
is an eggshell-thin covering that will be custom-created for you. Dr. Raymond will bond the dental veneer to the face of each tooth chosen for treatment.
Dental bonding and veneers can address many of the same issues, but your individual needs will determine which one is best for you. Both are custom color-matched to your teeth. Porcelain veneers do have limitations however. For example, we probably would not recommend veneers for people with the habit of nail biting or people who clench their teeth a lot. Bonding is somewhat quicker, requires a reasonable amount of original tooth for support, and sometimes can be used in cases where veneers are not appropriate.
Bonding for Fillings
Small cavities can be filled with dental bonding. For very large areas of decay or in teeth where fillings have failed, Dr. Buzz Raymond may recommend crowns
Repair of Tooth Erosion
refers to the enamel becoming damaged or worn away. Erosion can be caused by aging, as the teeth are subjected to longer daily wear and tear. Erosion is also caused by anything acidic on the teeth, and there are a great many possibilities in this respect. Sports drinks and sodas are acidic, as are coffee, black tea and fruit juices.
Whatever its cause, loss of enamel thickness by erosion can create:
- Sensitivity by removing some of the protection around the tooth's nerve.
- Discoloration by allowing the yellow dentin layer to show through.
- Faster decay by leaving the tooth with a thinner covering.
Dental bonding can seal the tooth, usually protecting it from all these problems.
Broken, Short and Misshapen Teeth
Dental bonding requires a reasonable amount of original tooth for support, and can be used to replace up to half of a broken tooth. In this same capacity, it can be used to sculpt length onto a tooth that is too short or to recontour misshapen teeth.
Small Gaps, Chips and Cracks
By building up the teeth on each side of a gap, dental bonding can be a very conservative way to fill small gaps while retaining the natural beauty of your smile. It can seal chips and cracks, protecting your teeth, and restoring comfort.
Learn more about your alternatives by reading about Common Cosmetic Dental Problems
If you are in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, please contact us
today to schedule a consultation
and find out if dental bonding is right for you. Our office is located in Golden Valley, and we are here to help.