Bonding And White FillingS
A 'bonding' is a white-colored composite resin material that is microscopically attached to your natural tooth structure. 'Bonding' materials can be used for the anterior teeth or for the posterior teeth to repair small cracks and chips, or to fill cavities. Today, white 'bonding' material is used as an alternative to metal fillings (amalgam). This is an excellent cosmetic option for patients who do not want the look of dark metal in their mouths. Bondings can be used on teeth that are decayed, cracked, or stained.
The bonding procedure is usually completed in one visit. The first step is to delicately remove the decayed, cracked or unsightly portion of the tooth. The tooth is then etched with a liquid gel to facilitate the microscopic attachment process, and then a bonding agent is applied. This bonding agent allows the white composite resin material to adhere to the tooth. The white composite resin 'bonding' material is applied in layers and artistically shaped by Dr. Keen to recreate the natural contour and color of the tooth. The material is then trimmed and polished, leaving you with a beautifully sculpted, natural-looking tooth.
Although composite resins are cosmetically pleasing and easily placed, their durability is not as strong as other types of restorations. These composite resins typically last from 4-7 years before they begin to chip and wear away. When this happens, the restoration will need to be replaced.
For chipped or cracked front teeth, THIN NO-PREP Porcelain Veneers may be an excellent long-lasting alternative to 'bonding'.
Ask Dr. Keen about which treatment option is best for you.