One of the ways that we are able to alter your smile is through dental bonding and fillings. Our Delta dentists discuss the difference between dental bonding and dental filling and the benefits of each.
There are many contributing factors when it comes to the strength and health of your teeth. Some of these factors could be genetics, dietary habits or trauma and could cause your teeth to become stained, broken or chipped. While not all of these issues affect the functionality of your teeth, they can affect the appearance of your smile.
Sometimes we are just unhappy in general with the appearance of our teeth even without damage. Teeth that are uneven in length or misshapen can be genetic and can cause feelings of insecurity in some people.
What is the difference between dental bonding and dental filling?
when it comes to cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, two of the most common treatment options are dental bonding and dental fillings.
One question you may have is whether dental bonding and dental 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 exactly is dental bonding?
Dental bonding also focuses on the cosmetic aspect and so your dentist will use a colour-matched composite resin in order to restore the natural shape of a patient's teeth
Bonding is an easy and inexpensive way to alter the appearance of your teeth as well as mend any issues that there may be. 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.
One of the most common restorative ways that bonding is used is for the protection of the roots of the teeth. 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 Delta dentist will normally take about 30 to 60 minutes. The procedure usually takes only one visit.
What exactly is a dental filling?
While there are some situations in which dental fillings may be used for cosmetic purposes it is more common that this treatment is used strictly for restorative purposes. Fillings repair teeth that have damage on the inside due to decay or an accident. Generally, these are stronger than dental bonding.
Just as it is possible with dental bonding, it is also possible for dental fillings to be closely colour-matched to your teeth in order to make the filling look as natural as possible.
It is recommended, however, that amalgam (silver) fillings be used for teether further back as this type of filling is much stronger and will last longer. Our Delta dentists often recommend getting amalgam (silver) fillings for the strength and because they can better withstand the heavy bite forces of your molars over time than white fillings.