In our office, we provide dental bonding as a solution or a variety of problems that can occur with the teeth. As a local family dentist office, we are committed to helping your family to remain in the best possible oral health. In order to achieve this goal, we would prefer to clean and examine your teeth at least twice a year. This way we can remove plaque and tartar, treat oral health problems, and help your teeth to remain healthy. This is critical because healthy teeth are strong teeth, and if your teeth are infected, it will be that much easier for them to become chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged.
If, however, you do damage a tooth, we have several ways to restore it including bonding. It is incredibly common for both children and adults to damage their teeth. Many adults do so while playing sports or even in a car wreck. Children can also damage their teeth while playing sports or, most commonly, when playing with their friends on the playground. Their simple and innocent behavior often leads to damage due to how aggressively they tend to move around.
When a child's tooth becomes damaged, we must determine whether or not it should be saved. If it is a baby tooth and likely to fall out in short order, we may not want to do a major restorative procedure. However, if we anticipate them keeping their tooth for a while or if it is a permanent tooth (as is the case with adult damage), then it is important to save it. We have several methods of doing so including dental veneers and dental crowns. In young patients, however, dental bonding is often the easiest and least invasive method of doing so.
Whether your child damages a tooth or you do, it is important to know your options for restoring it. The reason that dental bonding is so popular is that it doesn't require any preparation and the process can be completed a single sitting. If, for example, your tooth becomes chipped, a tooth colored material can be shaped around your tooth to restore the chipped area. It is pliable enough to be moved and shaped until your tooth looks perfect. Once done, it is hardened with a special light in order to form a hard chewing surface. Your once damaged tooth will then be restored and look natural since the material will be matched in shade to your existing tooth.
The process of dental bonding is more convenient than dental veneers simply because the enamel on your tooth can remain intact. Therefore, no preparation is required. Simultaneously, a veneer is created in the dental lab after an impression is taken of your teeth. This makes it a two-step process for restoring a tooth. While the results are beautiful and natural looking, getting a veneer requires more commitment on behalf of the patient than it does to undergo a bonding procedure. For this reason, we find that bonding is a viable solution for busy adults and younger patients.