What is Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding is a form of corrective cosmetic dentistry. Dental bonding involves making and shaping tooth-colored resin and adhesive around an existing tooth. The resin is actually bonded to your existing tooth, smoothing and improving the appearance of the tooth itself. A high-intensity curing light is used to set the resin into a permanent state. The process is relatively quick and typically does not need extensive numbing. Tooth bonding has a variety of uses.
How is Tooth Bonding Used?
Tooth bonding is a relatively versatile procedure because the resin can be shaped and molded to either cover or supplement an existing tooth. Dental bonding can be used to:
- Complete a chipped tooth.
- Cover discoloration.
- Fill cavities.
- Protect a tooth that has roots exposed.
- Close gaps between teeth.
Tooth Bonding vs Veneers
When considering tooth bonding or the more permanent veneer, it’s important to consider the length of time the application lasts, the cost, and the actual process.
- The cost of tooth bonding is far more affordable than the cost of a veneer. Tooth bonding is also more affordable than a crown.
- Tooth bonding is a more flexible process. Tooth bonding works with the existing tooth while placing a veneer involves the permanent and irreversible removal of the enamel.
- Tooth bonding lasts only a few years at most, while veneers can last up to 10 years.
Consult a Dental Professional for Tooth Bonding
Your dentist or dental professional can give you a solid understanding of the best option for you and your teeth. Heritage Dental has been committed to quality dental care for over 40 years. If you’re looking for high-quality tooth bonding, give us a call – or stop by our SE Hawthorne Dental Clinic in Portland OR to schedule your exam today!