Can Dental Bonding Rebuild Your Teeth?
There’s something wrong with your tooth. Maybe it’s chipped or has a small crack. Maybe you have a cavity that’s still relatively small.
The resin used for dental bonding is quite versatile. It has bond restorative and cosmetic benefits, and it’s one of the least expensive and least invasive treatments we provide.
When Is Dental Bonding Used?
Dental bonding involves the application of a cosmetic resin to your teeth where it is needed. Bonding is done to restore and repair teeth.
Here are some of the common reasons we use dental bonding to help our patients:
☐ To repair chipped teeth
☐ To fill small cracks in teeth
☐ To build up “short” teeth
☐ To fill gaps between teeth
We probably don’t have to tell you how easy it is to get a chip in your teeth.
Popcorn kernel, hard candies (“jawbreakers” come to mind), and even ice can cause chips or cracks to form in your teeth if you try to bite into them or chew on them.
In those cases, we can layer the resin where it is needed to either rebuild the missing parts of your tooth. In the case of cracks, the resin is applied as a liquid so it can fill the space. As it dries, it hardens to restore the function of your tooth as well.
When talking about “short” teeth, this is a relative term. You may have a tooth that looks small in comparison to the rest of your smile. Dental bonding can be used to “grow” the tooth so that is better matches your other teeth.
In the case of gaps, we could consider bonding for smaller gaps. (Larger gaps may require a different solution like veneers or orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign.)
By applying the resin between your teeth, Parkway Dental can close the gap so it’s less noticeable in your smile.
The Benefits of Composite Fillings
One of the reasons we like composite resin is because it can be used for dental filling also. Unlike metal fillings, the resin is similar to the color of your teeth.
You can have your cavity filled without anyone except you and your dentist knowing where that cavity was.
Fillings have two primary jobs. One, they fill in the hole (cavity) created by tooth decay. Two, they seal that part of your tooth to protect it from the bacteria that cause decay.
With composite fillings, you have the added cosmetic benefit of a filling that blends in with your tooth.
Metal fillings, whether they are gold or amalgam, are just that — metal. That makes them stand out against your white teeth. From a functional standpoint, these fillings are perfectly fine, but they can make some people feel self-conscious about their smiles.
Can You Replace Metal Fillings With Composite Resin?
Yes, you can. If you would like to learn more, just call our dentist office in Snellville, GA.
In fact, no matter what kind of fillings you have, there will come a time when they need to be replaced.
Fillings wear out. Sometimes they chip or crack. Something the wear away from normal use, and sometimes they start to separate from your teeth. In the worst case scenario, they fall out.
Any of those problems can leave parts of your teeth exposed to bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay in places you can’t see.
The best way to avoid those problems is to visit Parkway Dental for routine cleanings and examinations. Our dentists and hygienists will keep an eye on your fillings and let you know when it’s time to replace them.
We would much rather replace a worn out filling than learn than tell you that tooth decay has eaten so far into your tooth that you need a dental crown or a root canal treatment to fix it.
Is Dental Bonding Right For You?
The best way to answer that question is to schedule a visit to Parkway Dental. Our dentist office is located in Snellville, GA, and we treat patients from Lawrenceville, Loganville, and everywhere in between.
Many times, dental bonding or composite fillings are a cost-effective way to repair teeth and to restore your smile.