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Dental Bonding Vs. Dental Cementing

Posted by Dr. John Gonzalez on Jan 2 2020, 01:56 AM

Dental Bonding Vs. Dental Cementing

Dental restorations are an excellent means to restore your smile. They make use of bio-compatible, prostheses such as crowns, bridges, partials, or dentures to give you a perfect smile you've always dreamt of. 

When the dentist affixes a restoration to your existing teeth, there are typically two different methods of attaching the new restoration to the original tooth. The dentist may opt for the bonding or cementing technique. Any dental adhesive material should possess specific chemical properties, such as strength and insolubility. Bonding and cementing are known to offer high stability, however, which one would you want to opt for?

What is dental bonding?

Restoring teeth with dental bonding not only fills small gaps but also bonds the surface of the teeth to the inner surface of the dental crown. This technique helps build stronger crowns.

The process involved in dental bonding is as follows. The dentist would clean the surface of the natural teeth and apply a solution of bonding liquid to it. The restoration, such as a crown or a bridge, would be then be attached to the surface, and a UV light would be used to harden the bonding material. The process of dental bonding is, however, not advised for metallic crowns.

Pros of Dental Bonding

  • Strong and durable
  • Improves strength of restorations
  • Increases fit tolerance
  • Improves aesthetics

Cons of Dental Bonding

  • Procedure requires anesthesia
  • Difficulty in cleaning after the procedure
  • Process is time-consuming
  • May not be appropriate for unhealthy teeth structures

What is dental cementing?

Dental cementing is known as the traditional method of repairing damaged surfaces of natural teeth. It has several clinical applications and can be easily used as a filling material, protect cavity liners, connect restorations to abutments, and fill minor gaps and spaces. 

Restoring your damaged teeth with dental cement does not borrow much time. The restoration can be quickly bonded to the teeth and does not require a curing light to harden the material.

Pros of Dental Cementing

  • Easy to maintain and clean
  • Less preparation time
  • No anesthesia
  • Can be used on unhealthy teeth structures

Cons of Dental Cementing

  • No optimal enamel strength
  • Impacted by resistance and retention
  • Cannot be used with dental materials that require bonding


Discuss with Dr. Gonzalez to find out what suits you the best. Call our Los Angeles office at (310) 820 7272 or request an appointment online.

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