Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure used to treat cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth. During this procedure, our dentist at Rush Creek Dentistry will use a tooth-colored resin and a special light to bond the material to the tooth and restore your smile. Bonding is a simple and cost-effective solution compared to other procedures such as crowns and veneers.
Your dentist will consider dental bonding as an option to repair a defect or imperfection within a tooth. This mainly includes decayed teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, and discolored teeth. Bonding can be used to close spaces between teeth or make teeth longer. When gums recede, bonding can also be used to protect an exposed portion of a tooth’s root.
Dental bonding is a quick and non-invasive procedure, multiple appointments are not required and neither is a local anesthetic. Anesthesia will only be used if the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. In this case, your dentist will need to remove the area of decay using a laser, drill, or air abrasion instrument.
For the first step of the bonding process, your dentist will choose a shade of composite resin that matches your teeth. Then your dentist will roughen the surface of your tooth and apply a conditioning liquid, this will help the bonding adhere to the tooth. Next, your dentist will apply composite resin over the tooth, then mold and shape the tooth. Finally, ultraviolet light will be used to harden the material. This procedure will take thirty to sixty minutes in total to complete.
Bonding material can chip so the most important part of aftercare is avoiding bad habits that can damage teeth. This includes: biting nails, eating ice, or chewing on hard inedible objects like pens. Otherwise, your bonded teeth do not require any special care. Be sure to practice good oral hygiene habits by flossing and brushing teeth twice a day or after each meal, using antiseptic mouthwash or toothpaste, and scheduling cleanings with your dental healthcare provider every six months.
Advantages And Disadvantages of Dental Bonding
There are limitations to dental bonding. Dental bonding is best suited for small cosmetic issues concerning your teeth. Bonding materials do not last as long as fillings, crowns, or veneers, and they are also not as strong. Additionally, dental bonding is only suitable for teeth with very low bite pressure. This means that dental bonding is normally only used to treat the front teeth.
However, as far as cosmetic dental procedures go, bonding is the easiest and least expensive form of treatment. Additionally, dental bonding requires the least amount of existing tooth enamel to be removed in order to treat damaged teeth.
Dental bonding can be done in one visit to your dental healthcare provider. Allow our experienced dental professionals at Rush Creek Dentistry to fix your smile with a tooth bonding treatment. Please allow us to be your trusted healthcare and call our office now at 682-277-0535.