Composite Bonding Can Substitute For Porcelain Crowns

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Composite bonding is a technique our practice sometimes employs to enhance the appearance of your smile.

The term, “composite bonding”, refers to any composite material, either a plastic or resin, which is bonded to an existing tooth. Bonding is optimal for repairing cracked or chipped teeth, masking discoloration on the tooth’s surface, or closing the gaps between front teeth. Whatever the specific intent, composite bonding shapes more esthetically pleasing teeth and a brighter smile. With composite bonding, very little, if any, existing tooth structure needs removal.

Instead of porcelain veneers and crowns for your smile restoration, look at cosmetic bonding using composite resin. Whereas placing a crown or porcelain veneer calls for Dr. Sanders or Dr. Loe to grind down a portion of the existing tooth structure, requiring the use of anesthesia and the drill, composite resin is applied straight to the existing tooth surface. For that reason, it’s less pricey.

A composite resin is a tooth-colored plastic-type blend full of tiny glass (silicon dioxide) beads. Introduced in the 1960s, dental composites had been confined to the front teeth because they just weren’t sturdy enough to stand up to the pressure and wear generated by the back teeth. Since that time, composites have been substantially improved upon and can be successfully placed in the back teeth as well.

Composites are not just used in repairing decay, but are also used for esthetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping deformed teeth.

Speak to one of our doctors about the availability of cosmetic bonding using composite resin. It’s very important that Dr. Sanders and Dr. Loe are skilled artists, as well as scientists, because it requires a masterful hand along with a discerning eye to use composite resin well.