Tooth Bonding An Overview
When a tooth becomes broken, what should you do? We recommend contacting your dentist in Baltimore right away. A damaged tooth should be addressed 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 used to alter 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 the 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 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 outer most 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. Dental Crown
Dental bonding can often be used to repair a chipped tooth in a single visit. The doctor applies a composite resin material, the same used in our metal-free fillings, to restore the missing tooth structure. The material is applied in multiple layers and sculpted as the tooth cures under a light. The bonding procedure can also be used to close gaps between teeth or possibly to mask permanent discoloration.
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 completed in a single visit. Made using lifelike porcelain, the restoration will look natural.