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Dental Bonding & What You Should Know

Handsome business manIn the event that you have a tooth become cracked or chipped, or if you have a tooth that is slightly discolored or decaying, you will be presented with a few options. These options will likely include dental crowns, veneers, and bonding.

Dental bonding is the fasted and most cost-effective of these options, but it’s the one that most people are least educated about.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a restorative dental procedure, during which a composite resin is cemented to the surface of the tooth to change the appearance of the tooth and to restore its functionality. The resin is applied to the tooth and hardened using a special light. Once hardened, it is then filed down to the proper size, shape, and thickness. This bonding will protect the tooth from further damage.

Facts About Dental Bonding

Below are a few facts about dental bonding and what you should know before receiving bonding of your own:

  • No Anesthesia Necessary – Because getting dental bonding is one of the most fast, simple, and least invasive of all dental procedures, no type of anesthesia is necessary.
  • Vulnerable to Stains – Dental bonding can be used to cover tooth discoloration, but the bonding material itself is still vulnerable to staining. They become even more likely to discolor as time goes on, just like natural teeth.
  • Covered by Insurance – Dental bonding is quite a bit less expensive than veneers or dental crowns and they are usually covered by your dental insurance. With the addition of what insurance pays, you’ll likely not end up owing too much.
  • Limited Durability – While dental crowns and veneers can last between 15-20 years, dental bonding only lasts between 2-10 years. This is because the resin that bonding is made of isn’t as durable as porcelain.
  • Bonding is Only for Mild Cases – If decay or cracks are caught early enough, dental bonding is an option. However, if the tooth has severe decay or damage, a crown may be necessary to cover more surface of the tooth.
  • Bonding Has Many Uses – While dental bonding is commonly used for cracks, decay, or discoloration, it can also be used to fill in gaps between teeth, elongate the teeth, or improve other areas of the aesthetics of your smile.

In the event that you have a tooth become cracked or chipped, or if you have a tooth that is slightly discolored or decaying, you will be presented with a few options. For more information on dental bonding, teeth whitening, or any other dental service please make an appointment with our dentist in Aurora at SpringRock Dental today.

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