Understanding How Tooth Bonding Can Enhance Tooth Health

If you have chips and cracks in your teeth, then your teeth probably do not look nearly as aesthetically pleasing as they should. If you do not like the appearance of the teeth, then a cosmetic dentist is the professional you should speak with. The dentist can work with you to offer and schedule treatments that will enhance your teeth's beauty. Bonding is one such treatment that may be offered. You should know that bonding does not only enhance beauty, but it actually can restore tooth health. Keep reading to find out how.

It Bonds To Damaged Areas

Dental bonding materials are named to describe the way that the resin-based material attaches itself to the tooth enamel. Specifically, the resin bonds to a broken part of a tooth so it can stick and place and effectively becomes a permanent part of your tooth. The bonding process starts with the preparation of the chip area. Sharp edges are ground down and then an acid fluid is applied to the tooth. The acid etches the surface to create a texture that the resin can adhere to. The adhesion creates the bond that keeps the resin from chipping away. 

The preparation process itself helps to keep the tooth chip from expanding. Sharp edges are likely to succumb to future damage, so the filing prevents this. Also, the new bonding material creates a cushion over the damaged tooth. The bonding material then retains the stress and pressure that is forced onto the tooth when you bite and chew. This stops smaller stress fractures from growing in the already structurally impaired tooth.

The bonding material will eventually wear down from wear and general stress. This is normal. Your dentist will inspect the bonded region during regular checkups and resin will be added when significant wear is noted.

It Protects Against Cavities

The tooth enamel is smooth around the front, back, and side areas of your teeth where the teeth are flat. However, the teeth contain grooves across the biting surfaces. This is why cavities are more likely across the crown areas of the teeth. The grooves are able to collect debris that is then eaten by bacteria. 

The same sort of cavity issue may be noted in regions where your teeth are covered in chips. The ragged and uneven areas of the teeth collect debris and let cavities form. This can reduce the health of your already damaged teeth even further. Bonded resin prevents this by covering the uneven area and also by smoothing it out. The space will also contain a synthetic material as well, which cannot be destroyed by decay like organic tooth material can. 

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