Cosmetic dentistry often gets all the credit for enhancing the appearance of your smile, but the reality is that dental restorations can do that too. Dental restorations improve both the form and function of your mouth — meaning these procedures can fix problems and beautify your smile at the same time.
Here at Couture Smiles Dental Group, our team of providers offer a variety of restorative services, including dental crowns and bonding. Depending on your specific dental needs, our skilled providers will recommend the appropriate treatment for you.
In the meantime, read through this article to learn more about dental crowns and bonding — and the common reasons for needing each one.
Dental crowns versus bonding
Dental crowns and bonding are both types of dental restorations, but they are different types of restorations. Dental crowns are called indirect restorations, which means that your crown is fabricated outside of your mouth and then placed into your mouth. On the other hand, bonding is a direct restoration, in which the tooth-tinted resin is applied and shaped directly in your mouth.
Another difference between the two is the length of time required for each procedure. Dental crowns typically require two visits, but you’ll receive a temporary crown at your first appointment. Unlike crowns, bonding often requires just one appointment.
When is a crown used?
A dental crown — sometimes called a cap — covers the entire surface of your tooth. Thanks to this, a crown has many uses in a dental setting. You might need a crown if:
- Your tooth is significantly damaged (and can’t otherwise be repaired)
- Your tooth is significantly decayed (and a regular filling won’t be sufficient)
- Your tooth is fractured and weak (and needs a crown to protect it)
- Your tooth is discolored or misshapen
You might also need a crown after you’ve had a root canal. Crowns can also be used to support bridges or to cover a dental implant.
When is bonding used?
Unlike crowns, bonding material doesn’t cover your entire tooth. Dental bonding can address minor cosmetic imperfections, including:
- Small cracks or chips
- Gaps between teeth
- Spots or stains on teeth
- Misshapen teeth
Dental bonding can also be used if your tooth roots are exposed.
Which one is right for you?
Although both procedures can enhance the appearance of your teeth, they aren’t used interchangeably. For example, if your tooth is cracked and very weak, you might benefit from the crown’s ability to strengthen and protect your whole tooth. On the other hand, if you have a small chip on the corner of your tooth, you might need only the coverage of bonding.
Here at Couture Smiles Dental Group, it’s our mission to help you have a healthy — and beautiful — smile. Whether you need a crown, bonding, or a full-mouth reconstruction, we’ll help you determine your next steps.
To learn more about crowns or bonding, give us a call at 747-217-1139. You can also request an appointment at our Woodland Hills, California, practice by visiting our website.