When it comes to your teeth becoming stained, broken or chipped, genetics, dietary habits, and trauma can all play a role. While not all of these issues have an impact on the functionality of your teeth, they can have an impact on the appearance of your smile.
Even if your teeth have not been physically damaged, you may be dissatisfied with their appearance. Teeth that are uneven in length or shape can be inherited and can cause feelings of insecurity in some people.
Is dental bonding the same thing as dental fillings?
In terms of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, dental bonding and dental fillings are two of the most common treatment options.
You may be wondering if dental bonding and fillings are the same things. While dental bonding and fillings share some characteristics, they also differ. Fillings are primarily for restorative purposes, whereas dental bonding can address both cosmetic and restorative issues.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding uses colour-matched composite resin to restore the natural shape of a patient's teeth.
Bonding is a relatively inexpensive method of restoring the appearance of healthy teeth. This is especially true for minor damage and light decay. It can be used to improve the appearance of chipped or discoloured teeth, but its benefits are not limited to cosmetics.
Dental bonding also has practical applications, such as protecting tooth roots. Receding gums expose these roots, making them more vulnerable. Dental bonding can be used to protect the exposed roots of teeth, reducing sensitivity and the risk of decay.
A bonding procedure at your Winnipeg dentist will normally take about 30 to 60 minutes. The procedure usually takes only one visit.
What is a dental filling?
Dental fillings can be considered cosmetic, but they are most commonly used as a restorative treatment. Fillings are used to repair teeth that have internal damage due to decay or an accident. In general, these are more powerful than dental bonding.
The good news is that, like dental bonding, fillings can be made of materials that closely match the colour of your natural teeth and thus mimic the appearance of the natural tooth.
Our Winnipeg dentists, on the other hand, frequently recommend amalgam (silver) fillings for back teeth. This is because amalgam is stronger than white fillings and can withstand the heavy bite forces of your molars over time.