Dental Bonding

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What is dental bonding?

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    Before placing dental bonding on broken front tooth

Dental bonding is an aesthetic and natural-looking restoration used to repair minor fractures and tooth defects. Bonding comes in a wide variety of different shades to best match your existing tooth color. A well-placed bonding will blend in with your natural tooth color and become virtually indistinguishable from your teeth.

Why is bonding so popular?

Bonding comes in different shades to better match your tooth color.

Bonding is an aesthetic restoration which is simple, effective and affordable. The most common alternative to bonding is silver fillings (Amalgam). However, most cosmetic dentists prefer using bonding over silver fillings. Not only do silver fillings look unnatural and unappealing, but they also contain mercury which is a known toxin. On the other hand, bonding safe and the filling material looks natural and is very durable.

Is bonding right for my teeth?

Bonding can be used effectively to repair small tooth chips, minor cracks and dental cavities. Placing bonding on your teeth is a great solution for repairing small to medium sized cavities and tooth defects. Here is why:

  • Bonding your teeth is a simple procedure and can be done in a single visit.
  • Dental bonding is a simple and easy procedure which yields great aesthetic results.
  • Material used for bonding is safe, durable and aethetically beautiful
  • Your dentist can match your bonding to your exact tooth shade to give your tooth a natural looking appearance.

What are the limitations of bonding?

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Larger fractures like this typically can’t be fixed with bonding and require a crown or porcelain veneer

Bonding is great for fixing small to medium sized defects. However, if a defect is too large, tooth bonding will typically not work as a long-term solution. An oversize bonding leaves your tooth vulnerable to biting stress which can lead to tooth fracture. Additionally, large bonding restorations tend to stain over time and accumulate decay. Consequently, large bonding restorations are risky and have to be replaced every few years. As you can see, bonding is not the ideal solution for fixing large and very visible defects. Cosmetic dentists prefer to use sturdier restorations such as inlays, onlays, porcelain veneers or ceramic crowns instead.

If you think your teeth require bonding, give us a call at (949) 481-2540 or book your appointment online today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will access your teeth to see if dental bonding is a good treatment option. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you with dental bonding in our San Clemente office.

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