NORTHAMPTON, EAST LONGMEADOW AND SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS —
Bonding and crowns are dental procedures that are often confused, and their full range of benefits is not often fully understood. The procedures are used in different scenarios and for esthetic reasons in addition to improving the health of teeth.
“Even though bonding and crowns are similar, the health and cosmetic problems they address are disparate,” said Dr. Lisa Emirzian, a dentist in Springfield, MA that specializes in cosmetic procedures and owns EMA Dental. “It is important that patients know the difference between the two and which is appropriate for their dental needs.”
Bonding is a procedure that applies tooth-colored resin, which is usually made of a composite plastic material, to teeth using a special light that “bonds” the material to the surface of teeth. It is used to protect exposed roots, fill small cavities and repair decayed teeth. Bonding may also be utilized to change the appearance of teeth, from the color to shape and length. It can repair chipped teeth, whiten and lengthen teeth, and close gaps between teeth without using braces or aligners, according to cosmetic dentist, Dr. Lisa Emirzian, who also offers services to patients in Northampton, MA. The resin is molded and shaped to your teeth, so they are natural-looking following the bonding process.
Bonding is a good option if you are seeking to improve the look of your teeth without an excessive financial investment and undergoing an involved dental procedure. Bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic procedures and typically does not require the use of anesthesia. The process can be completed in a short amount of time at a local dental office, like EMA Dental.
Crowns, on the other hand, are “caps” that cover the portion of teeth that lies above the gum line. They are typically composed of porcelain or ceramic, and cemented to teeth or dental implants. Crowns are used to protect weak teeth, hold a bridge in place, support a tooth with a large filling and hold together cracked teeth. They can also enhance the appearance of teeth by covering misshapen and discolored teeth, producing a tooth whitening effect.
There are temporary and permanent crown options. Temporary crowns are typically used until permanent crowns are created because permanent crowns require several office visits. Crowns typically last between five and 15 years. The better your oral hygiene regimen, the longer your crown should last and remain in place.
Esthetic-focused family dentists like Dr. Emirzian can help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. They have the knowledge and experience necessary to assist you in choosing the appropriate procedure for your oral health and cosmetic dentistry needs. If you are interested in bonding or crowns, or want to learn more about the procedures, call EMA Dental today to schedule an appointment.
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