When a tooth becomes broken, what should you do? We recommend contacting your dentist office in Baltimore right away. You should repair a damaged tooth as soon as possible. Fortunately, we have a unique cosmetic procedure that can fix a tooth in a single visit. Esthetic contouring and dental bonding is a technique that alters the shape of worn or chipped teeth. Bonding teeth is most effective in cases where damage is not significant.
Tooth bonding may be used to:
- Restore worn teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Improve the appearance of stained, discolored or yellow teeth
- Correct misshapen or crooked teeth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Protect teeth from decay as a cavity filling
Our teeth are coated in enamel, which is the hardest substance in the human body. Despite being designed to protect our teeth from harmful bacteria and damage, our enamel may be damaged, causing the teeth to develop chips or become broken.
When this occurs, you need restorative dentistry to repair your tooth and avoid complications, such as tooth decay or a dental infection.
Do You Need Dental Bonding Or A Crown?
Our teeth are made up of different layers. The outermost is a protective layer of enamel. Below that, the majority of the tooth’s structure is made from dentin, which surrounds the pulp, the sensitive nerve center of the tooth.
When a tooth becomes damaged, bacteria can bypass the enamel, reaching the dentin to cause decay. However, if the decay reaches the pulp an infection may form, which can endanger the health and stability of the tooth.
Dental Bonding vs. Tooth Crown
Dental bonding can repair a chipped tooth in a single visit. The dentist will apply a composite resin material, the same as in our metal-free fillings, to restore the missing tooth structure.
Our dentist will apply the material in many layers and sculpt it as the resin cures under UV light. The bonding procedure can also close gaps between teeth, or mask permanent stains.
If the damage is severe, then bonding may not be enough. However, we can prepare the tooth, take detailed impressions, and provide a dental crown.
The crown fits over the visible portion of the tooth and using CAD/CAM technology, can be complete in a single visit. Made using lifelike porcelain, the restoration will look natural.
Fixing Teeth with Tooth Bonding
Multiple factors can lead to damaged teeth. Even though our teeth are coated in enamel, the hardest substance in the human body, teeth can still become damaged.
Common causes include biting down on a particularly hard piece of food, a sports injury, or the teeth becoming weakened by tooth decay. Repairing teeth is essential to avoid infections. Without repair, a chipped tooth may develop decay and eventually a dental infection.
We suggest talking to our team as soon as possible and scheduling a visit. We can then repair the tooth, with either bonding or another restorative treatment option.
While the results are highly aesthetic and natural-looking, tooth bonding is not a permanent treatment and may require frequent touch-ups or replacement.
Tooth bonding can fix broken teeth, generally completed in a single visit. For minor chips on the tooth, we may place a composite resin. We will first clean and etch the tooth before placing the material. As the material cures under a light, the doctor can mold it.
Finally, the tooth is thoroughly polished for a more natural-looking appearance. The entire procedure from start to finish can be completed in a single visit.
If damage to the teeth is more significant or you want a permanent result, Dr. Lazer may recommend porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
A broken tooth or fractured tooth may be better addressed with a dental crown. Using CEREC technology, we can actually create and place one in a single visit as well.
Tooth Bonding FAQs
What is tooth bonding most used for?
Dental bonding is best used for repairing chipped teeth and closing the gap between front teeth. This cosmetic dental service is ideal for young patients looking for a less permanent option. Bonding on the front teeth can last about 4 to 8 years. Dental bonding is typically more cost-effective than other cosmetic treatments.
Is tooth bonding permanent?
No. Although dental bonding requires less tooth enamel removal than porcelain veneers, it is not a permanent treatment. Dental bonding allows patients to revisit their dental issue at a later date when they are ready for a permanent restoration.
Does dental bonding ruin your teeth?
No. Dental bonding is made using safe materials, and free of harmful chemicals. The material itself will protect your teeth from minor chips and cracks. Our dentist can easily repair and replace bonding as well.
How long does teeth bonding last?
Tooth bonding typically lasts between 5-10 years. You can extend a bonds lifespan with touch-ups, good oral care, and a proper diet. The lifespan of bonds may also vary from person to person depending on their placement and the patient’s personal hygiene routine.
Can dental bonding be touched up?
Yes, your dentist can touch-up dental bonding. Most bonds will require a touch up after 3 years in order to help them function longer. We can color-match and re-bond to ensure that it is secure.
How long does it take dental bonding to set?
In general bonds cure very quickly. The bond itself takes about 30 minutes to set, and fully cures by the time your appointment is over.
How soon after bonding can I eat?
Dental bonding allows you to eat and drink right away because the resin completely cures during the procedure. After dental bonding, you may experience some tooth sensitivity to heat and cold, but this is normal until your mouth has fully adjusted.