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To Bond or Veneer?—Your Dentist Serving Grayslake Explains

Close-up of woman's mouth“My front tooth chipped!” Dr. Rule, your dentist serving Grayslake has heard it exclaimed in horror many times. Usually there are a couple of options for treating such a condition, based on your preference; to have it bonded or prepared for a porcelain veneer. How can you choose?

What you should know about bonding: the repair doesn’t usually require anesthesia and is less expensive than veneers. It can most often be completed in just one visit. Bonding is made up of a durable plastic material (composite resin) that closely matches the color of your tooth. Your natural tooth will be roughened, and then a conditioning liquid applied to help the bonding resin to stick. When the resin material is applied, molded and smoothed to the desired shape on the tooth, it can be hardened with a special curing light. With care, expect it to last between 3 and 7 years before requiring “touch-ups” or a replacement.

What you should know about porcelain veneers: it’s more expensive than bonding. Veneers are made of durable, stain resistant, ultra-thin ceramic that will be color-matched to your teeth. The first stage is numbing your teeth and gums with local anesthetic while the dentist uses a special tool to shave off the front surface of your tooth. Next, an impression of your teeth will be taken to allow laboratory fabrication of a shell-like veneer. Once this preparation is complete, your tooth will be cleaned and etched with a special acid gel – this will allow dental cement to adhere to it. A special curing light will activate the cement and then permit the veneer to be permanently attached to your tooth. It should last from around 7 to 15 years or longer if treated properly.

Dr. Rule is the dentist to see for Grayslake and area residents who wish to have their dental health questions and concerns addressed. Make your appointment today!

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