At first glance, dental bonding sounds like the perfect solution to every problem. It's affordable, it takes less than an hour, and there's no recovery time. It's not oral surgery, so there are no incisions in your mouth, and it's virtually painless. What could be better than that? Unfortunately, while dental bonding is a good solution for some minor cosmetic issues, it's not a fix-all solution.
Why Can't Dental Bonding Work for Everything?
Dental bonding isn't a way of replacing teeth that have been lost or that have to be extracted. It's a filler material that, while durable, isn't as strong as the materials used to create replacement teeth. For that reason, it can't be used to fill major cavities or actually replace teeth. It's also not a solution for repairing teeth that have been broken in half or that have been significantly worn down.
What Is Dental Bonding Good For?
That said, dental bonding is a great solution for a number of small cosmetic issues. For example, a small chip out of a tooth can easily be repaired with dental bonding. If you have an odd space between two teeth, dental bonding is also a good option. It can even be used to fill some smaller cavities if you'd rather not have the more noticeable silver fillings.
Dental bonding is generally more of a cosmetic fix than anything else. Those small chips or little cracks in a tooth may not be something serious, but they may make you feel self-conscious. You might not smile as much if you know you're exposing a broken front tooth every time you do. Instead of going through the process of extraction and replacing that tooth with an implant, fixing the broken park with dental bonding is often the most attractive option.
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