This is the continuation of our blog series on the topic of cosmetic dentistry. Click here to read the previous article.
Dental bonding uses a durable plastic resin material that is created to fix problems such as exposed roots, chips or cracks, cavities, gap teeth, and any other aesthetic purposes. After the bonding material has been color-matched to the person's teeth, the dental practitioner may apply a conditioning liquid to the teeth which are being repaired. Afterward, the resin is attached to the teeth and constructed to fashion the preferred appearance. A special type of light hardens the resin, and then it is trimmed and polished so that the resin is flush with the patient's original tooth.
Bonding is a pretty basic process that ordinarily takes about 30-60 minutes to complete. Additionally, unlike crowns and veneers, the bonding substance won't need to be shipped to a laboratory, allowing it to be a cheaper cosmetic dental process for patients. Unfortunately, the bonding ingredient is not as strong as veneers or crowns, and the recipient must be careful, as the bonding component might chip and be damaged.
Inlays & Onlays
Onlays and inlays are possible alternatives to crowns. Known also as indirect fillings, onlays and inlays are created for teeth with tooth decay or damage, and they are typically composed of porcelain, composite materials, and sometimes gold. Gold inlays are the most durable (and costly) type of filling, according to the American Dental Association. They can last over twenty years with good daily dental hygiene.
A dental inlay is an indirect dental filling that is created to fill the dips in the center of the tooth. After a numbing agent has been given to the patient, Dr. Mills will eliminate decay from the damaged tooth. Similar to veneers and crowns, the dentist will then design an impression of the area and ship it away to a dental laboratory where the inlay will be made. Usually, the inlays will be made of porcelain or composite resin and will fit the shape of the individual's real teeth.
If the damage to a tooth is located at the tip, an onlay may solve the problem. The process for a dental onlay is virtually identical to that of an inlay. Dr. Mills fixes the contaminated area of the tooth and creates an impression, which is shipped off to the dental laboratory. Afterward, a temporary onlay is matched with the tooth until the permanent one arrives.
Our blog series on cosmetic dentistry will conclude in the next blog post, so be sure to visit again. Until then, you can visit us on social media, and click here if you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mills.