Bonding is an increasingly popular treatment option for people with chipped or broken teeth. Unlike fillings and inlays, direct composite bonding requires little or no tooth reduction. It is used to recreate a perfect smile by attaching filling material directly to the tooth original enamel and dentin. By adding to the current shape of the tooth, a skilled cosmetic dentist can create a surface with the same appearance and function as the original tooth. Bonding is less costly than crowns and porcelain veneers, and with proper maintenance it can be long-lasting.
How does composite resin compare to enamel and dentin?
Our natural teeth are still the perfect combination of resilience and strength. Created by the fusion of enamel and dentin, teeth are designed to resist a lifetime of wear and tear.
The tooth’s outer shell is called enamel. This is the part of the tooth that is visible within the mouth and it is made up of densely packed calcium crystals. However, enamel contains no living material and it can be effectively simulated by dental porcelain.
The inner core of the tooth, or dentin, is more porous than enamel. It is also a living tissue that transmits nerve sensation. The dentin itself is made up of calcium crystals with collagen tubes, and composite resins have similar properties. The plastic resin and silica fibers of composite material allows for reliable adhesion to natural teeth, as well as excellent tooth color replication.
Repair broken or chipped teeth with dental bonding
As one of Colorado Springs’ foremost cosmetic dentists, Dr. Tara Pool can use dental bonding in several ways. However, the technique is most useful for repairing chipped teeth. The bonding materials, which consist of high-density modern plastics and porcelain, can be designed to match perfectly with surrounding teeth. When done properly, dental bonding makes it nearly impossible to detect that there was ever a broken tooth.
What is transitional bonding?
When patients are making the transition into more permanent cosmetic treatments, bonding allows the dentist time to work out any aesthetic or bite-related issues. Transitional bonding can be used for anything from a mock-up to full-mouth rehabilitation. It is called “transitional” because it allows a patient to transition into more permanent treatment as the patient can afford it, or as the treatment plan progresses. This is also an important skill to expect from an accomplished cosmetic dentist.