Dental bonding and fillings have the ability to restore your smile and your confidence. Our Vancouver dentists discuss the benefits of dental bonding and dental fillings as well as the differences between them.
Genetics, dietary habits, and trauma can all be factors when it comes to your teeth becoming stained, broken, or chipped. While the main concerns are those that affect how you can use your teeth these issues can also cause you to lose confidence in your smile having an overall effect on you.
Even if you haven’t sustained physical damage to your teeth, you may still be unhappy with their appearance. Teeth that are uneven in length or misshapen can be genetic and can cause feelings of insecurity in some people.
Are there differences between dental bonding and dental fillings?
In terms of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, dental bonding and dental fillings are two of the most commonly requested and performed
You may wonder, though, if dental bonding and fillings are the same. While dental bonding and fillings have some similarities, they also have some differences. Dental bonding can address both cosmetic and restorative issues, while fillings are primarily for restorative purposes.
What is dental bonding and what can it help?
Dental bonding uses colour-matched composite resin to restore the natural shape of a patient's teeth.
Bonding is a relatively inexpensive way to help restore the look of healthy teeth. This is especially true in cases of minor damage and light decay. It can be used to fix the appearance of chipped teeth as well as discolored teeth, but its benefits are not solely cosmetic.
There are practical uses for dental bonding as well, including protecting tooth roots. Receding gums expose these roots, increasing their vulnerability. Dental bonding can be applied to the teeth to protect the exposed roots, helping reduce sensitivity and the risk of decay.
A bonding procedure at your Vancouver dentist will normally take about 30 to 60 minutes. The procedure usually takes only one visit.
What are dental fillings and what can they be used for?
Dental fillings can also be characterized as cosmetic, but they are most often used as a restorative treatment. Fillings repair teeth that have damage on the inside due to decay or an accident. Generally, these are stronger than dental bonding.
The good news is that like dental bonding, fillings can mimic the appearance of the natural tooth because they can be made of materials that closely match the colour of your natural teeth.
For back teeth, however, our Vancouver dentists often recommend getting amalgam (silver) fillings. This is because amalgam is stronger and can better withstand the heavy bite forces of your molars over time than white fillings.