Dental Bonding Lifespan and Aftercare By Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S. on March 12, 2020

A chipped toothFor minor chips, cracks, and fractures, Thomas G. Zarger, Jr. typically uses dental bonding. This tooth-colored resin is painted directly onto the teeth, masking imperfections from view. It’s an ideal cosmetic dentistry procedure for patients in the Knoxville, Maryville, and Oak Ridge, TN area.

Many patients ask us how long dental bonding treatment lasts. Let’s go over the lifespan and offer some tips for proper dental bonding aftercare. This can help your dental work last as long as possible.

How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

In general, dental bonding should last up to a decade. This is shorter than the lifespan of porcelain veneers and dental crowns, but is still a good amount of time for cosmetic enhancement of a smile.

Causes of Wear and Tear to Bonding Material

While dental bonding material is durable, it is still subject to varying sorts of damage. Below are some common reasons why dental bonding material breaks down.

Natural Wear and Tear

Biting, chewing, and other normal actions each day leads to the gradual breakdown of tooth structure. It’s no surprise that this might also effect the condition of your dental bonding work.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth grinding refers to the gnashing of teeth when you are asleep. This can place excessive stress on the teeth as well as the bonding material, causing small cracks and fractures.

Slips, Falls, and Trauma

Accidents can happen anywhere and for a variety of reasons. When they occur, it could lead to damage to the bonding materials on your teeth as well as other restorations or dental appliances.

Proper Oral Hygiene After Dental Bonding

When it comes to caring for dental bonding materials, consider the following oral hygiene tips.

The Right Toothbrush

The ideal toothbrush to use when cleaning your dental bonding materials has soft bristles and a small head. Soft bristles on a toothbrush will prevent doing damage to the bonding material and tooth enamel as you scrub off food particles and plaque. The small head helps you clean the hard-to-reach places of your mouth.

The Right Toothpaste

When brushing your teeth, be sure to use a non-abrasive gel. By avoiding abrasive ingredients, you can prevent scrubbing away the bonding material while also protecting your teeth from unnecessary wear.

Other Things You Can Do to Prevent Premature Wear

When it comes to other behaviors that can prolong the life of your dental bonding work, consider the following actions.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking is bad for a number of reasons. In addition to increasing your risk of lung disease, heart disease, and cancer, it can stain your teeth and the bonding material. It’s best to kick the habit for good for the sake of your smile and your general wellness.

Don’t Bite Your Nails

Nail biting is another bad habit that can be hard to quit. Like teeth grinding, it puts unnecessary stress on your teeth. This can result in premature/avoidable damage to the bonding material.

Wear Mouth Protection and Face Protection

If you play sports, ride a bike, or drive a motorcycle, it’s a good idea to wear mouth guards or a helmet. Protecting yourself from trauma to the face or mouth will improve overall dental health.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly for Checkups

Be sure to visit your dentist every six month for routine cleanings and exams. This will allow your dentist to monitor the condition of your dental bonding material. Professional attention can keep your smile looking its best for years to come.

Contact Thomas G. Zarger, Jr.

For more information about dental bonding and how to make the results of treatment last as long as possible, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. You can reach our practice by phone at (865) 693-7631.

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