Posted on 9/15/2016 by Office
|If you have a tooth that has been chipped or broken, you may be considering bonding as one of your potential solutions.
Bonding-the practice of applying a dental composite directly to a chipped or broken tooth-can be inexpensive and fast; however, it has some serious disadvantages to other forms of restorative dentistry.
Lack Of Durability
For one thing, bonding is not as strong and will not last as long as other forms of restorative constructions. Compared to the porcelain that makes up veneers and crowns, bonding simply doesn't hold up over the long run.
More Susceptible To StainsBonding is not as resistant to picking up the coloring in foods you eat and liquids you drink. This means that as time passes you will notice the bonding beginning to stain more rapidly than your surrounding teeth. This can lead to a smile with a portion of a tooth that is noticeably discolored.
You can fight this effect by limiting your use of coffee, wine, tea, and tobacco use. If you do drink the drinks that stain your teeth, you can also limit the staining by using a straw to move the liquid past your front teeth; however, even these precautions will only slow down the effect.
While bonding seems like a great fix when you are only looking at the price tag, consider what the long term costs may be, especially if you have to end up getting the damaged tooth repaired with some other construction such as a veneer or a crown.
We Are Here To Help You Make The Best Decision
Whatever your thought process, we are here to help you make the best choice for your situation. Please contact us if you have any questions about bonding or other forms of restorative dentistry.