What is dental bonding? Dental bonding is the application of a composite resin material (the same as used in dental fillings) to the outer layer of your tooth. It is applied directly by your dentist before being sculpted, hardened, and polished to look like your natural tooth. It can be a great choice for addressing a cosmetic issue of a single tooth in your smile. Today we will outline the four main cosmetic issues that can be addressed using dental bonding. If you are ready to address issues with your smile’s health or appearance, contact the team at Grinnell Street Dental in Sheridan, WY.
#1: Chips, Cracks, Damage
Accidents and injuries can lead to damage to the surfaces of your teeth. If there is minimal damage that only affects the outer surface of a tooth, cosmetic bonding can be a great way to patch it up. However, if damage to the tooth affects the inner structure of the tooth, endodontic treatment may be needed to disinfect and restore the inner tissues. A dental crown may be needed to restore extensively damaged teeth.
#2: Deep Intrinsic Stains
Stains that are external and discolor the outer layer of teeth can usually be removed by a whitening treatment or even a dental cleaning. Some discoloration, however, comes from inside the tooth. Tooth trauma or internal bleeding can cause a tooth to be a different color than the rest. Bonding can be used to color-match a discolored tooth to the rest of the smile.
#3: Small Gaps
If you want to close a small gap between your teeth, cosmetic bonding can be a great way to do so. Larger gaps or wider spacing between several teeth may be better addressed using porcelain veneers.
#4: Uneven Shapes and Sizes
Sometimes, a tooth is smaller than the rest of the smile or it is shaped in a way that is asymmetrical with the rest of the teeth. In these situations, cosmetic bonding can be used to shape the tooth into a more even shape and size.
Do you have smile issues you want to fix?
Cosmetic dental bonding can address several issues in your smile. Schedule a consultation by calling Grinnell Street Dental in Sheridan, WY, at (307) 672-7567. We also proudly serve the residents of Gillette, Billings, Miles City, and all surrounding communities.