The Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding

By : Dr. Samson Lee, D.D.S.

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Are your teeth stained, chipped, or broken, and you can’t invest in expensive dental restorations right now? If your answer is yes, then dental bonding is an economical solution you might want to consider. At our dental clinic in Scarborough, we offer dental bonding treatments to correct minor problems such as restoring the colour of a tooth, making teeth look slightly longer, or closing up tiny gaps between them. Bonding can also protect an exposed root if you have receding gums, and it’s a reliable option for filling small, visible cavities.

How Dental Bonding Works

Before applying dental bonding, our dentists use a shade guide to choose a colour that matches your natural teeth as closely as possible. The surface of your tooth is roughened to prepare it and then coated with a conditioner that helps the putty-like bonding material to adhere. We’ll carefully apply the material to the tooth and mould it into the right shape, then dry it using ultra-violet light or a laser. After that, the new surface is smoothed and polished to fit in perfectly with the rest of your teeth.

Benefits and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding

Most dental procedures have some disadvantages, but fortunately, the ones associated with dental bonding are minimal and are balanced by the advantages. Here are the pros and cons so you can make a fully-informed decision about your dental care.

The Pros of Dental Bonding

1. It’s fast. It usually doesn’t take more than a single appointment at our dental clinic in Scarborough to apply the composite material to a couple of teeth. Of course, if you wanted to do more than one or two teeth, you might need a longer—or second—appointment.

2. It’s inexpensive. Not only does the shorter time in the dentist’s chair reduce your consultation costs, but the process itself doesn’t require any special equipment or treatment. This helps to keep the dental bonding cost affordable and economical for patients.

3. Bonding looks natural. The tooth-coloured material is engineered to blend in with your natural teeth, so it’s not obvious you’ve had cosmetic dental work done. That means only the area that requires restoration needs to be covered, not the entire tooth.

4. It’s non-invasive. When you have dental procedures like crowns or veneers, some of the tooth enamel needs to be removed. Once this has been taken away it doesn’t grow back, which means healthy teeth are less sturdy than they were before. Dental bonding only requires gentle roughening of the tooth surface to apply it, so the bulk of the tooth’s structure stays intact.

5. Bonded teeth are easy to care for. All you need to do is brush and floss as normal, and to avoid doing anything that would harm a natural tooth. Dental bonding can get damaged by accidental trauma or biting down on hard objects, just like your natural teeth.

The Cons of Dental Bonding

At our dental clinic in Scarborough, we recognize that the disadvantages of bonding are mostly related to durability and lifespan. These include:

1. It won’t last forever. Dental bonding doesn’t last quite as long as a crown will, partly because it usually only covers a portion of the tooth instead of the whole tooth.

2. Less stain-resistant. The composite material used in dental bonding is more porous than tooth enamel or porcelain, so it’s able to absorb deep colours from food and drink more easily than natural teeth or dental implants. You can overcome this issue with good dental bonding aftercare such as limiting your intake of coffee, wine, and other dark-coloured substances, or by stepping up your daily oral hygiene and brushing more often. It’s especially helpful to brush or rinse directly after consuming anything with a rich colour, in addition to your twice-daily regimen.

Dental bonding doesn’t solve every tooth problem you might have, but it can certainly be a great solution for minor defects or for a tight dental care budget.

For more information on cosmetic bonding at our dental clinic in Scarborough, we invite you to consult with our experienced, compassionate dental team. Please call 416-291-3117 or click here to schedule an appointment today.