Aesthetic Dental of Barbados
Dental Bonding in Barbados
What is Dental Bonding in Barbados?
Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored composite resin (plastic) is applied to a decayed, fractured, chipped or discolored tooth so as to repair such tooth. The resin material is hardened/bonded to the tooth by using a special light.
Under What Circumstances Can Dental Bonding Be Considered?
Dental bonding can be considered:
- To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- To fill in spaces between teeth
- To give the appearance of longer teeth
- To change the shape of teeth
- To fix rotting teeth (resin are used to fill cavities)
- To fix cracked or chipped teeth
- To protect any portion of an exposed root of a tooth
- To be used as an alternative to amalgam fillings
What are the Advantages of Dental Bonding?
The main advantages of dental bonding include:
- Cost - Dental bonding is one of the least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures.
- Speed - In many cases, dental bonding usually can be done in one office visit. But this is all dependent on how many teeth need to be worked on.
- Ease - Dental bonding usually does not require any anesthesia unless it is to fix a decayed tooth. In addition, it requires the least amount of enamel removal as compared to other cosmetic procedures such as veneers and crowns.
What are the Disadvantages of Dental Bonding?
The main disadvantages of dental bonding include:
- Resin Material can become stained - The material used in dental bonding has a propensity to become stained over time especially if things such as coffee, red wine, tea, and smoking are done regularly. To reduce the chances of staining, you would have to limit the use of such foods and smoking or you will need to choose another cosmetic dentistry treatment.
- Less Durable - The material used in bonding is not as long-lasting as in the case of veneers, crowns, etc. In addition, bonding materials have the tendency to chip and break off. With the right care, though, dental bonding can last between 3-7 years.
How to Take Care of Your Bonded Teeth?
Bonded teeth do not require any special care and attention as compared to your actual teeth. You will need to follow good oral hygiene practices such as brushing teeth after every meal, flossing at least once a day and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
Additionally, because bonding material can chip, you will need to avoid chewing on any hard objects or foods that could result in the chipping or breaking of your bonded tooth/teeth.
How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?
The cost of your dental bonding procedure is dependent on how extensive the work will be. Please contact us at Aesthetic Dental to arrange an appointment to come in and see us so we can better advise you.