Composite Bonding and Tooth Contouring in Acworth, GA
Cosmetic Issues Treated by Composite Bonding
Typically, it treats:
- Cavities: composite material is used to fill and cover the space left behind after tooth decay is eradicated.
- Spaces between teeth: Dr. Tran can lessen or eliminate the gap between teeth, without the time or expense of traditional orthodontics.
- Chipped teeth: minor chips, cracks or fracture lines in teeth can be covered by bonding, also protecting the tooth from a possible root canal or extraction treatment later on.
- Extrinsic stains or discolored teeth: a thin covering of composite can function like a veneer and camouflage the appearance of yellowed, stained, or dull teeth.
- Misshapen teeth: by shaping, smoothing, and polishing the composite, your dentist can create a more uniform smile.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Composite Bonding
With composite bonding, you can preserve more tooth enamel. Dr. Tran often only needs to file the area slightly to create a tactile surface on which the resin can bond. Enamel protects the pulp, or vulnerable inner core of the tooth, and once it’s been removed, it can’t grow back. In addition, bonding is less costly than veneers or dental crowns, and the treatment can usually be completed in just one hour.
However, composite bonding has certain disadvantages as well. While it can cover discoloration in your natural tooth, the more porous composite material won’t resist stains as well as porcelain. It’s also not quite as enduring or strong as a dental crown or veneer; dental bonding must be replaced about every eight to 10 years.
To decide if it’s right for you, think about what you desire for your smile both now and in the future. If price and speed of treatment are important to you, dental bonding could be an excellent option. But if you are searching for a permanent solution, there could be other treatments more suited to your goals. Dr. Tran can talk through our different cosmetic treatment options with you to help you decide.