Cosmetic Dental-Bonding Services

Cosmetic dental tooth bonding is typically done with either porcelain or a composite resin. At our general dental office in Randallstown, Maryland we offer a wide range of cosmetic dental services.  Porcelain veneers are one example of tooth bonding. This provides a beautiful and durable long-lasting result. Composite resin is another option we have available. This is usually done in one visit and if great for smaller chips or small gaps between teeth. The plastic resin material is molded to the desired shape and then light-cured to harden the bonding material.

You could do composite resin veneers as well. This requires a little more time and skill for shaping and matching the color of the adjacent teeth, while making sure that the tooth has enough structure to support the material and the pressures of chewing and biting. As a result, it can be used is specific cases that have been evaluated first for the potential to wear them down or chip them off.

What are the alternatives to tooth bonding?

Some of the alternatives include, orthodontics if you wish to close spaces, or porcelain veneers, or crowns if there is a need for durability, ultimate long-term esthetics or protection for the chewing surface.

What are some advantages of tooth bonding?

This process can typically be accomplished in one day without much tooth structure removal or the need for temporaries. Because you can put “tints” into the material, you have a little more flexibility on colors and esthetics that if it were a crown on the final color once it is placed into the mouth. Because it is only one visit and requires no laboratory bill, they tend to be significantly less that the porcelain or ceramic options. If you are in a hurry to get something nice done at a reasonable cost, composite tooth bonding could be for you.

What are some disadvantages of tooth bonding?

This procedure requires a little more skill because you are covering the entire facing of a tooth and trying not to make it look bulky or lop-sided. Since it is a composite, it will be more porous than a veneer and can chip or stain a little easier. While we have seen some composites last 10-20 years, the majority of them will need replacement in 7-10 years, most likely.

What are the main reasons people do tooth bonding?

This procedure is great when you have a small chip or decay on a tooth. It can be used to repair cracks and close spaces. You can block a discolored tooth and improve the natural appearance of discolored teeth. You can lengthen the teeth in some instances, and it is a great option to having an amalgam filling. Finally, it can be used to protect the gumline exposure of a tooth root.

Give Dr. Steven Markow or Dr. David A. Daniel at MD Family Dental Care in the Baltimore area a call to see if you would be a good candidate for tooth bonding!