We are excited for the opportunity to welcome back our patients and staff! With everyone's safety in mind during this unusual time, we have taken great care in implementing a comprehensive set of new protocols to ensure the lowest possible risk of disease transmission that follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A comprehensive list of changes to our office can be found here.
We look forward to seeing everyone again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.
A minimally invasive procedure, dental bonding is typically a good fit for minor dental issues or repairs. It is considered a cosmetic procedure which entails using a composite material applied to a damaged tooth. It can be shaped, polished and colored to match the rest of the patient's natural teeth. Bonding can take care of small cavities and is more visually appealing than silver fillings because they are less noticeable.
Pros and Cons of Bonding
There are many advantages to having a bonding procedure done. First, it is relatively inexpensive and is often covered by insurance, especially if done as a preventative measure such as filling a cavity. The entire process of bonding a tooth takes between thirty to sixty minutes and can be completed with just one appointment. Also, it is a painless procedure. Anesthesia isn't necessary. And when compared to crowns or veneers, bonding requires the least amount of the tooth's natural enamel to be removed maintaining the integrity of the tooth's natural resilience.
While bonding is a good choice for minor repairs there are some drawbacks to it. The bonding material can be stained particularly if the patient is a smoker and drinks coffee, red wine or tea. If a single tooth was bonded then the staining will make it more noticeable. If the patient is a smoker, we might suggest an alternative solution. This is because the surface of the bonding material is very porous and will easily yellow when exposed to cigarette smoke. One other disadvantage is they tend to be less durable than either crowns or veneers. They typically last three to seven years if the patient gives them proper care.
If a patient has a small gap between their teeth or a cracked tooth, then bonding may be a good solution. Contact us so we can evaluate your situation and see if dental bonding is the right solution for you.