Are your teeth looking a little beat up? Worn down? Maybe you haven’t talked to your dentist because you don’t want complicated and expensive dental procedures? Cosmetic dental bonding may the simple and affordable solution for your tired teeth. Dr. Michael Mulkey of Lost Mountain Dental at Due West, your dental provider in Marietta, GA explains how this relatively inexpensive and increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can help you restore your smile.
What is cosmetic dental bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a dental treatment that repairs damage and defects in the enamel of your teeth. Dr. Mulkey uses composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material also used for filling cavities, to reshape and fill in the damaged parts of your teeth. The resin can be sculpted to fill in chips or indentations of any shape like the spackle used in home repairs, making it perfect for treating many different cosmetic dental issues.
Once the resin hardens or bonds to your teeth — hence the name of the procedure — it will be as durable as your own natural tooth enamel. Dr. Mulkey will choose a composite resin that is tinted to match your tooth enamel as closely as possible so that the bonded area blends right in with your own smile.
What are the signs dental bonding may be necessary?
Even small chips in teeth can be noticeable when you smile or talk or eat but cosmetic bonding can be used to repair these imperfections. Bonding can also protect the roots of teeth that have been exposed due to receding gums from gum disease. The loss of that layer of gum tissue can increase sensitivity of teeth, making it difficult to eat hot or cold foods. Covering the roots with composite resin can protect your teeth’s roots from infection while also reducing sensitivity.
If you have a tooth that is discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but still healthy and functional otherwise, bonding can help. The resin can be sculpted and tinted to change the appearance and color of the problem tooth, giving your smile a more natural look.
Cosmetic bonding can also be used to fill in small gaps between your teeth that can make you feel self-conscious and where food can often become stuck. Bonding can close these gaps without the need for orthodontic treatment.
While composite bonding does not last as long as porcelain dental veneers, they may last you a decade if cared for properly. Dr. Mulkey recommends avoiding hard candy, chewing ice cubes and other eating hard or sticky foods that can crack your resin.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding in Marietta, GA
Cosmetic dental bonding can give you the healthy smile you’ve always wanted! Call Dr. Mulkey of Lost Mountain Dental, your dentist in Marietta at (678) 212-1280 or schedule online for your consultation.