If your teeth are chipped, decayed, discolored, or have noticeable gaps in between them, bonding might be a simple solution for repairing them. Bonding is the process of applying tooth-colored resin in restoration for relatively shallow repairs. The procedure is quick and can be completed in one visit without application of any anesthetics.
The resin will be colors matched to your tooth with a shade guide to ensure that the bonding blends in with your natural tooth. First your tooth will be prepped for the treatment with slight etching to make the surface rough enough for the resin to adhere to it. Then your tooth will be covered in a conditioning liquid which helps the bonding material adhere better. The resin will be applied in a putty-like form, and we will mold it and smooth it until it is the proper shape. It will then be hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser. Once the bonding material has hardened, it will be shaped and filed and trimmed accordingly. Finally, the material will be polished until it matches the rest of your teeth.
The whole procedure will take about 30 minutes for one tooth. If you need multiple areas to be bonded, it may take a few visits to complete treatment. It is advised that you avoid any food and drink that can stain your teeth for the first 48 hours, as the resin can be affected.
In the past, have you considered veneers to cover chipped teeth or to fill in unsightly gaps between teeth, but decided against them because the cost seemed too high to fix such small imperfections? Another procedure that can easily fix such minor problems is the use of dental bonding. Dental bonding is used to cosmetically improve the appearance of chipped teeth or teeth that have noticeable gaps in between them. They are also used in restorative dentistry as fillings or replacement fillings for amalgams.
The procedure is fast, taking less than one hour for each tooth, and is completely safe for fillings, especially compared to amalgams which are often made with toxic mercury. Getting dental bondings will help protect teeth more vulnerable to decay from chips or cracks. The material is solid when the procedure is completed and will seal off the area of the tooth previously left exposed.
First the material is colored to match your teeth. We will take our time to ensure that the color matches so that your bonding will be practically unnoticeable when you smile. When this is done, we will apply the resin to the area undergoing treatment, and shape it appropriately for its purpose. We will then use a light to harden the material until it is completely bonded to the natural tooth structure. When the material is solid, we will continue to shape the bonding, paying careful attention to detail and how your tooth should appear. We will finish the procedure by polishing the bonding to give it the natural shine of your tooth.
Dental bondings are inexpensive, fast, durable, and are great for use on teeth that show when you smile since they are color matched to your teeth. If you are interested in the bonding procedure, call our office and schedule an appointment to see if dental bondings will work for you.