Tooth bonding versus dental crowns. What is best for me?

If you have problems with your teeth: they are broken, chipped or cracked, they are discolored or misshapen, they are decayed, your dentist may recommend a couple of cosmetic procedures, according to your needs. In this article we will discuss about tooth bonding versus dental crowns, two of the dental procedures most recommended when dealing with such issues.
Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied to the tooth,then hardened using a special light. The light bonds the resin to the tooth in order to restore it or to improve a person’s smile. Bonding can be done in a single visit and it can improve the appearance of discolored or chipped teeth, it can be used to close spaces between teeth or to make teeth longer. You can also choose bonding if you want to change the shape of teeth or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that is exposed.

Advantages:

  • Among the easiest and the less expensive of cosmetic dental procedures;
  • There is not so much tooth enamel removed;

Disadvantages:

  • The material used in dental bonding does not resist stains as well as crown do;
  • Bonding materials are not as strong as other cosmetic procedures are. They can least from three years up to ten years before it needs to be repaired..

Dental crowns can make your teeth stronger and improve their appearance. A dental crown is  tooth-shaped cap made of porcelain, zirconium or another material that is placed over a tooth. When cemented into place, they fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth.

A dental crown may be recommended in the next situations: to restore a broken tooth, to attach bridges, to help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left. A crown may be also used to cover a dental implant  or to make a cosmetic modification.

This dental procedure implies two visits at your dentist. The first step involves examining and preparing the tooth (the dentist will give you the temporary tooth) and the second visit involves placement of the permanent tooth.

On average, crowns last between 10 and 15 years, depending on your oral hygiene and your daily habits.

Bonding may not be an option if your teeth are severely damaged. Crowns will be recommended only after a good oral health evaluation. What it is important is that dental bonding and dental crowns are two cosmetic procedures that improve the appearance of your teeth and also restore them.

After receiving a crown or after bonding, make sure you still floss and brush your teeth twice a day. Try to avoid sticky foods and chewing hard foods. And take care of your teeth.

As a conclusion, whenever you have problems with your teeth, do not hesitate to make an appointment to your dentist. No matter what issue do you have (aesthetic or real oral health problems), Dr.Arhiri is here for you.

Reference:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/bonding/bonding
https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-bonding#1
https://www.webmd.boots.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-bonding
https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-crowns#1
https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/bridges-and-crowns/your-dental-crown-procedure-what-to-expect-0113
https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/c/crowns
https://www.webmd.boots.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-crown

Bonding vs Crowns