Can Bonding a Tooth Really Fix It?

When many patients consider bonding for their tooth, it’s often out of a cosmetic need to improve the tooth’s overall appearance. With its highly customizable appearance, the composite resin that’s used for cosmetic tooth bonding can offer highly lifelike results for improving your tooth in a minimally invasive manner. However, the many different advantages that come with tooth bonding can also impact the overall health and integrity of your tooth in several beneficial ways.

What is cosmetic tooth bonding?

Tooth bonding is a conservative treatment process that’s designed to create highly esthetic tooth improvement with few or no permanent changes to your tooth structure. To accomplish this, your dentist applies a small amount of composite resin to your tooth, which has been customized to closely match the tooth’s healthy color and appearance. Then, your dentist sculpts the resin to match the tooth’s healthy shape and contour before hardening and polishing the material to give a durable, lifelike finish. In addition to closely matching your tooth’s natural appearance, the composite resin can also effectively withstand repeated pressure from your bite, helping to restore the tooth’s health and structural integrity, as well.

When tooth bonding is the right answer

While many of the reasons to recommend tooth bonding involve cosmetic blemishes to your tooth structure, such as severe discoloration, many of those concerns can also impact your tooth’s strength and ability to function. For example, a chip in the tooth’s edge or chewing surface might seem minor, but it can influence your bite’s overall balance and leave the tooth weaker. Bonding a chipped or lightly cracked tooth can simultaneously improve the tooth’s appearance and restore its ability to function in your bite, all while minimizing the extent of any prep work needed to your natural tooth structure.

The restorative benefits of tooth-colored bonding

Tooth bonding’s ability to improve and restore your tooth conservatively makes it a good option for treating a number of different smile concerns. For some cases of tooth damage, it can serve as a more minimally invasive treatment option than other restorations, such as a full dental crown. Keeping your restorative treatment more conservative helps you preserve a maximum amount of your healthy and natural tooth structure, which offers better results for your long-term oral health and smile.

Bonding your tooth might fix it more conservatively

Though it’s typically considered a cosmetic treatment because of its highly lifelike esthetic results, tooth bonding can also be utilized to restore and protect a tooth if it’s been structurally damaged. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX, today at (936) 441-4600. We serve patients from Conroe and all neighboring communities.