When you have a tooth that is chipped or cracked, it’s important that you consult with your dentist as soon as it happened. For minor chips and cracks, getting them fixed earlier can prevent major dental problems from occurring down the road. When you visit Malverne, Long Island cosmetic dentist Dr. Salem, he will be able to restore the appearance of your tooth and improve your dental health.
One option available to our dentist for just such matters is dental bonding. Also called tooth bonding, dental bonding is a great option for dealing with small chips and cracks on the teeth. Dental bonding will involve the application of a composite material that is color matched to the tooth. This material is durable and can be held in place rather strongly. Once in place, your small chip of crack will be fixed up and your tooth will look just like new.
One benefit of tooth bonding is that the bonding material looks just like regular tooth structure when put in place. The dental bonding material can be color matched to your teeth so that it is seamlessly integrated into your smile.
Another benefit of tooth bonding is that there is little preparation for the bonding material to be placed. By preparation we mean removal of tooth structure. Ideally, the more tooth structure that we can maintain, the better it will be for patients in the long run. Indeed, dental bonding is a solid dental restoration option for those minor chips and cracks many people have.
One of the primary adverse side effects of tooth bonding is that the bonding material may break off. This is usually not the case, and usually when this happens, this means that a more substantial dental restoration should have been used. Using his years of expertise, our dentist will ensure that your first dental treatment for a given problem is the most effective one. During the consultation process, we’ll be able to tell you if dental bonding is the right solution or if you’d benefit from a different treatment.
For example, in some cases, the chipping or cracking of the teeth will require a porcelain veneer. Malverne, Long Island porcelain veneers are these thin shells of special dental ceramic that can mask imperfections and enhance the overall appearance of a tooth. In other cases, dental restorations other than dental bonding and veneers may be the best solution. Inlays and onlays, for example, are better for major restorations of damaged teeth. Dental crowns could be used if inlays and onlays are not an option.
So as you can see, even if there are negative side effects to tooth bonding, these can be easily avoided through the proper expertise and knowledge of dental treatments, of which our dentist is well aware. If you would like more information on how dental bonding can benefit you, be sure to contact our Long Island cosmetic dentist in Malverne today. We look forward to seeing you soon.