Dental bonding is an option many people choose to resolve a variety of dental issues, from spacing to chipped teeth.
Bonding procedures have been in use for many years and are generally considered to be easy, quick and painless. In today’s hectic, fast paced world, easy, quick and painless become attractive selling points.
But such decisions should never be made lightly. If you are in the Columbia area and you are dealing with such issues, Dr. Joel Johnson is a good resource to help you make that decision.
What is bonding?
Bonding is a dental procedure that involves using a plastic resin material to repair or fill teeth. The material is tooth colored and can easily be shaped and molded to fit the individual needs of the patient. Dental bonding is an option that can be undertaken for a variety of issues, including, but not limited to:
- Chipped teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Spaces or gaps in teeth
- Protection of an exposed tooth root due to exposure from receding gums
There are a number of advantages to bonding. For one, bonding is one of the least expensive treatment options – significantly less expensive than veneers or crowns. Bonding is a fairly simple procedure that does not take a lot of time, nor does it require extensive shaving, grinding, or reshaping of existing teeth, such as is the case in a crown procedure. Bonding is also virtually painless; the patient usually does not need any anesthesia unless they are having a cavity filled.
However, there are some disadvantages that a patient should consider as well. Bonding materials are not as strong as the ceramic used in a crown or a veneer, therefore it will not last as long as a crown or veneer. The material can also, in some cases, cause further chipping or even break a tooth.
Generally, dentists consider bonding to be a better option for simple procedures, temporary fixes, and/or repairs on teeth that do not generate a high bite pressure, such as a front tooth.
Any such decision should be made in consultation with a qualified dentist such as Dr. Joel Johnson. For more information, call 803-788-2555 or visit the website at www.drjoeljohnson.com.