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Dental Bonding Alternatives

Posted on July 15, 2011 — by Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S.

Dental bonding is a rather effective solution to many different dental problems. If you have chipped teeth or cracked teeth, dental bonding can help. When you have small stains on the teeth, dental bonding can also be rather effective at masking it from view. Yet sometimes dental bonding is not the best solution and another option must be considered instead. It’s for this reason that Knoxville, TN cosmetic dentist Dr. Thomas G. Zarger considers all of the potential alternatives to any dental care treatment when assessing a patient’s situation.

There's More Than Tooth Bonding to Consider

You see, even though dental bonding is a fine solution to many different dental care issues, it’s not the only treatment that Dr. Zarger has in his arsenal. In some cases, a dental problem may be too severe for dental bonding, necessitating a different dental treatment. We’d like to look at just a few of these right now.

Teeth Whitening

For one, if you have tooth discoloration or staining that is not addressed well through dental bonding, then undergoing Knoxville, TN teeth whitening may be a good idea. Teeth whitening treatment will involve the application of a bleaching gel and the use of special laser light to help whiten your smile by several shades. Rather than just masking the stain with a composite material, teeth whitening will probe the surface and underlying layer of your tooth.

Dental Restorations

As for chips and cracks, sometimes a more substantial solution is required to deal with more substantial tooth damage. If you have a severely cracked tooth, then the best option for treatment may be dental crowns. The crown will fit over the damaged tooth, protecting it from further damage and restoring your smile in the process. If you have a tooth that is damaged too severely for tooth bonding but does not require a crown, porcelain veneers may be a great option. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of a special dental ceramic that are affixed directly to the front surfaces of your teeth.

Learn More from the Experts

There is more to consider when it comes to your options for smile enhancement. To learn more about dental bonding alternatives and all of the dental care options that we have available, please contact our Knoxville, TN cosmetic dentistry practice today.

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