When many people think of the dentist, they picture a man or woman in a white coat hacking away at the plaque on their teeth. They imagine shiny metal tools, drills, and that unpleasant sealant that a dentist “paints” on their teeth at the end of their visit. They get weak in the knees at the thought of root canals (learn about the 3 root canal questions and their reassuring answers).
What about dental bonding? This is a common procedure without a feared reputation, yet it offers benefits that can change the quality of your life–not to mention that it is relatively inexpensive. Essentially, the procedure involves the dentist applying a tooth-colored resin to your teeth. Getting a dental bonding might be a great choice for you if…
You have a small gap between your teeth or wish to change the shape of a tooth.
Dental bonding is mostly about touching up the small imperfections in your mouth to make your smile dazzling. Think of it as Photoshop for your teeth. If you have a small gap between your tooth, the resin applied in dental bonding can close that pesky space. If one of your teeth is oddly shaped or the wrong size, your dentist can use resin to correct it to the proper shape. As a side note, the procedure can also be used to clean stains off of your teeth.
Your teeth are cracked or chipped.
At some point in your life, you may bite into something that is too much for your teeth to handle. You may injure yourself in a way that involves you slamming your mouth and teeth into something hard. In both cases, you might accidentally chip or crack one of your teeth. Don’t worry, your smile is not permanently ruined — dental bonding has your solution! Dentists can use the resin to fill in and repair the chips cracks, restoring your teeth to its original state.
You have a cavity.
Getting a tooth filling is often the go-to solution for cavities, but dental bonding can also be used to treat this form of tooth decay. You may even prefer it to fillings, too, as the resin blends with the color of your teeth and is practically invisible. This offers a more aesthetic look compared to the bright sheen found in silver fillings.
Of course, the best way to determine whether this procedure is right for you is to consult with an experienced dentist. Contact Greenspoint Dental at our Houston office to schedule an appointment or learn more about how to care for your mouth.