When your tooth’s been severaly damaged – we’re talking broken cusps, fractured teeth, advanced stages of dental decay – you need a hard tooth cap, e.g. a crown, an inlay, an onlay, etc.
But what do you do if your tooth’s only very slightly damaged? What do you do when a chip, fracture or discoloration is clearly visible to other people, but not so bad that you need to cover and protect your entire tooth?
In these cases, as well as any situations where you need to repair a tooth quickly and without having to shave away some of it to make space for a hard cap, you should consider composite bonding.
What is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding is a very fancy name for using high-grade dental resin to correct the appearance and function of your teeth. It’s probably called this because saying “resin” makes people think of soft, pliable materials – but this isn’t the case here.
The resin used for composite bonding is a next-gen material that, once hardened, isn’t much different from your dental enamel or the porcelain-type materials used to make crowns, inlays and onlays. What makes it unique is that it starts out pliable, meaning its thickness and location can vary depending on the patient’s needs as well as the dentist’s.
What Can Composite Bonding Do for You?
If you’re a non-dentist, it can be hard to identify which procedure type is best for you. To give you an idea of what bonding can help you with, here are a couple of examples below.
- Cracked and Chipped Teeth. A cracked tooth looks unseemly, and is also dangerous for your dental health because it allows bacteria and food particles into the sensitive inner tooth area. Composite resin can solve this problem, and – unlike a temporary filling – will restore your tooth’s natural look immediately.
- Discolored Teeth. Sometimes, a tooth loses some of its enamel – i.e. the hard, white layer that makes it look healthy and attractive. If this is the extent of the damage, you can cover it up with resin that looks exactly like a natural, healthy tooth. This can even help you mask dead teeth that need to be replaced with crowns!
- Undersized or Poorly Spaced Teeth. Composite bonding materials are indistinguishable from dental tissue, which makes them perfect for “enlarging” teeth that are either too small or oddly spaced.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of composite bonding is that unlike veneers and crowns, which require days or weeks of waiting before you can get them, resin is always there. All you need to do to get help for yourself or someone dear to you is pick up the phone, call us at (480) 830-5100 and schedule your consultation!