Posted on: 2 September 2015Share
Dental bonding is an inexpensive and quick cosmetic treatment for dealing with minor teeth imperfections such as chipped, misshapen or colored teeth. However, it does have its risks that you should know about before proceeding with the treatment. Here are four examples of those risks:
A few people are allergic to the common materials used in bonding or even the tools and instruments used in the process. If you are allergic to the treatment, then you may experience mouth irritation and itchiness (especially the areas around the teeth). Your teeth may also become unusually sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks. The only solution is to consult your dentist and have the offending materials removed after a professional diagnosis.
Dental bonding does not cause infections, but it can hide them while they fester underneath. Therefore, your dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly before giving you the treatment. Unfortunately, there is a risk that some of the bacteria may remain and multiply after your cosmetic treatment. In extreme cases, the damage may even require root canal treatment to manage.
Just like your natural teeth enamel, the composite resin used in dental bonding is porous. This means molecules of colored substances, such as tea, can attach to the large surface area provided by the porous material. On the other hand, the resin doesn't respond to teeth whitening products.
Therefore, the best thing is to prevent the damage. This involves avoiding foods and drinks that cause staining especially in the early days after the procedure. After that, diligent brushing will help. If your dental bonds have already been stained, then the solution is to replace them.
Physical Damage to the Composite
The material used in dental bonding is strong, but it can't be as strong as your natural teeth. Therefore, forces that may not chip or crack your natural teeth may mete out the same damage to your composites.
Avoid such damage by using your teeth for eating, and nothing else. For example, avoid the bad habit of using your teeth as a tool – using it to bend wires or open bottles. Contact your dentist for a touch up if your bonding treatment incurs some damage.
The risks are there, but as your dentist will explain to you, the benefits outweigh them. Choosing an experienced dentist, like Thomas E Rider, DDS and Allison S Reese, DDS, is one of the best ways of minimizing the risks of these complications. It's also necessary to follow your dentist's post-operative care instructions to the letter.