When there is a space where there should be tooth, dental bonding can likely help. Dental bonding is tooth-colored composite filling material that is used to make minor aesthetic improvements to teeth, typically in the front of the mouth. Using dental bonding over comparable esthetics and crowns provides you with the smile makeover you desire at a fraction of the cost. While many of these small and large improvements to your smile can be done free-handed, at Story City Dental we take a more precise approach — starting with the end in mind.
At Story City Dental we prefer to leverage our technological advantage. The process starts with a digital scan. You don’t have to fear a mouthful of goop, because we have the capability to take a 3D digital impression of your mouth. Then we work closely with a preferred digital technician to alter your smile virtually, the outcome composite of which is provided to you for tweaking and approval. Once you sign off on the plan, we use our 3D printer to create high-resolution models that will guide your dental bonding restoration. Right before we begin, if any surgical alterations to the tissues are necessary, we are one of the few offices in the area that can handle hard and soft tissue alterations without a costly referral to a specialist. You will also be able to take advantage of our in-office anesthesia options from moderate to deep sedation — going to sleep and waking up to a new smile from dental bonding in one appointment!
Rather than a composite material, crowns and veneers are made in labs with high-strength ceramics. As such, crowns and veneers cannot be as custom-designed and modified by patients — and these materials come at a much higher cost and take about twice the amount of time from start to finish compared to dental bonding. While porcelain crowns and veneers are appropriate in certain situations, when done correctly, dental bonding can provide similar repair, restoration and enhancement to a tooth and smile.
Dental bonding is an excellent option for filling a small cavity, replacing old silver or yellowed composite fillings and repairing an otherwise healthy but chipped tooth. Like any other material, dental bonding has limitations, primarily in its scope of applications. In situations where the cavity or filling is large, cracks or fractures are present, or if the tooth will need to withstand strong chewing forces, porcelain crowns are preferred to dental bonding. Stop in for a consultation to explore your best restoration options.