Patients with our Montebello family dentist, who have old or discolored dental restorations in their mouths, need to have those restorations removed and replaced. Replacement is necessary both for aesthetic as well as hygienic reasons. According to Baruch B. Lifshitz, DDS, a bonding is a particular type of dental restoration that needs to be replaced even more frequently than other popular options. The reason why our dentist removes and replaces bonding on a more frequent basis, is because it does not last as long as other types of restorations, such as veneers and crowns. The process of replacing bonding is pretty straightforward and Dr. Lifshitz would start by taking away layers of your old bonding material, then replacing those layers with new material.
Newer materials can be layered much more effectively than the materials that our Montebello family dentist used in the past. These cutting-edge materials help your teeth look much more lifelike, as well as creating smiles that are more aesthetically pleasing. Despite the recent innovations that have improved the quality of restorations done with bonding, bonding itself will still not last as long as dental restorations done with veneers or crowns, in most cases. Because of that, Dr. Lifshitz always recommends that you consider veneers, crowns, or bridges before moving on and researching bonding as a possible option.
A good candidate for bonding is someone who wants to take an intermediate step before going all the way to a veneer, crown, or bridge. Our Montebello family dentist understands this because of the extra cost, or because certain patients choose to be more conservative and put off getting a veneer, crown or bridge, until sometime in the future. Veneers, crowns, bridges and fillings are generally viewed as preferable to bonding, however, the reality is that there is more prep work required when putting on these restorations and not every patient may need that level of work done in his or her mouth. When a dental restoration starts showing signs of wear in the form of discoloration, Dr. Lifshitz says that something needs to be done because old restorations will not last forever.