A Natural-Looking Solution for Chipped Teeth
If you are unhappy with the appearance of chipped, cracked, or gapped teeth, dental bonding can help. Dental bonding is a composite plastic with ceramic inclusions. It starts as a paste that we use to reshape your teeth to correct flaws in size, spacing, or appearance. Once it is properly shaped, we harden the bonding with a special light to create a durable restoration. Finally, we polish the composite to give it the luster of natural tooth enamel.
The success of your Philadelphia dental bonding procedure depends on the artistry of your dentist, so choose carefully. Dr. Kenneth Siegel has more than 25 years of experience using dental bonding to get great results.
What Can Dental Bonding Do?
It is a versatile treatment that can help with many common cosmetic dental problems, including:
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Lengthen short or worn teeth
- Reshape teeth
- Protect exposed tooth root when gums recede
- Serve as a tooth-colored filling
If you have these or other cosmetic complaints about your smile, we encourage you to consider dental bonding for your treatment.
Benefits and Limits
Dental bonding has uses in different situations, but it is not always the best treatment for your smile. The benefits of include:
- Completed in one visit
- Used in places where other treatments cannot
- Preserves natural tooth material
The convenience of single-visit restoration makes bonding ideal for cosmetic repairs. You might chip a tooth in the afternoon and have a beautiful repair in place in time for your business dinner. The low cost of bonding also makes it a great option, especially when you need to make a decision quickly. You can commit to this repair now, and decide later if you want to choose a more expensive treatment. Bonding is versatile, and we can place it anywhere we can reach. Bonding preserves natural tooth material. When we place ceramic restorations, we have to create space for them. With bonding, we might not need to do anything more than a simple acid wash to roughen the surface for better attachment.
However, it does have limits. These include:
- Not as long-lasting as ceramic restorations
- Not as hard as ceramic restorations
- Color match and luster are not as natural as ceramic restorations
While bonding is a great short-term solution, it doesn’t last as long as ceramic restorations. It can stain, wear down, and break off within a few years. It also doesn’t look as good as ceramic restorations. Even though we can polish it to look like enamel, it can lose its polish and its luster.
If you are looking for the most attractive and longest-lasting restorations, we recommend porcelain veneers and dental crowns as a better alternative.
BioClear for Closing Black Triangles
If you have black triangles developing around the bases of your teeth, we are now offering a new approach to dental bonding that helps fill them in. BioClear uses a liquid bonding material to flow down into space around the base of the tooth to properly fill in the area. Like dental bonding, BioClear can be completed in a single visit, but it’s smoother, brighter, and more stain-resistant.
If you live in Philadelphia, please call (610) 272-0828 or email Dental Excellence of Blue Bell today to talk to Dr. Siegel about the best restoration for you.