When it comes to cosmetic and restorative bonding procedures, the dental bonding procedure is often pitted against porcelain dental works, such as crowns and veneers. Below are some of the things which are thought to place composite resin bonding inferior to crowns and veneers.
Composite bonding does not last as long as porcelain crowns and veneers.
In principle, composite bonding procedures are designed to last permanently. However, composite resin material is really less durable compared to dental amalgam or porcelain material, but the actual lifespan of your bonded restoration will ultimately depend on how well you manage your dental health and how aggressive you are with taking care of your restoration.
For instance, people who have bruxism will naturally have bonded restorations with shorter lifespans. This is because the friction that is continually generated will slowly weaken the adhesion of the bonding agent with the enamel layer. In order to lengthen the lifespan of your bonded restoration and you are diagnosed to have bruxism, it’s always a wise thing to invest in a mouthguard which will provide as a cushion for your teeth during teeth grinding episodes.
Another reason for why your bonded restoration may not last as long as it should is because of the presence of fractures or cavities on the treated tooth. The presence of cavities and fractures will only cause the composite resin material to break off and then fall off. Good dental hygiene as well as wearing of mouthguards while playing contact sports can help lower your risk for cavities and dental fractures.
Composite bonding changes color over time.
Again, this is something which is true, but just because porcelain is a stain-resistant material does not mean that patients with this form of dental work will no longer have to avoid drinking pigmented drinks. Porcelain crowns and veneers are attached to the surface of the tooth through composite resin. In fact, porcelain veneers are outlined by composite resin which is still susceptible to staining. One of the common problems with porcelain veneers is that the veneer will have a dark outline due to the discoloration of the underlying composite resin material.
But just because you have bonded restorations does not mean you cannot have a glass of wine every now and then. You can, but as a form of precaution, swish water around your mouth in between sips to lessen the contact time of the substance with the composite resin material.
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