I have a chipped tooth. I had a dentist repair it with dental bonding closet to eight years ago. It has started to get discolored. I asked to get whitening done and my dentist said I could, but it wouldn’t help the bonding. I asked if he could redo the bonding and he suggested a crown instead. The tooth is healthy. Do I really need a crown? Can bonding not be replaced?
I’m glad you wrote before proceeding with this treatment. As you noted, if the tooth is fine, you don’t want to remove healthy tooth structure unnecessarily. So, why did your dentist suggest this? The fact that he suggested a dental crown tells me it is very likely he doesn’t usually do cosmetic dental work.
To put dental bonding on a tooth, the cosmetic work has to be done freehand. He likely doesn’t feel comfortable doing it. Instead of trying a procedure he’s not comfortable with, he suggested one he is. In a way, this is to your benefit because you wouldn’t want him doing a procedure he couldn’t do properly.
However, it’s always better when a dentist admits their limitations and suggests a dentist who can do it. This is especially true in your case when the alternate procedure, porcelain crowns, would be considered an over-treatment.
Where Do You Go From Here?
Bonding can be re-done and is the standard treatment for a chipped tooth. This definitely means you are on the right track. To get that done properly, you will have to see another dentist. It doesn’t mean you have to switch. Just that you will go to someone else for cosmetic work.
You mentioned getting your teeth whitened. That is fine but, as your dentist mentioned, it only works on natural tooth structure. This means you’ll want to whiten your teeth before you have your bonding redone. That way when the dentist matches your bonding to your whiter teeth,
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