Dental bonding is a procedure wherein a tooth-colored composite resin is applied to damaged teeth. Bonding helps improve the appearance of chipped, broken, stained, or cracked teeth. This cost-effective procedure requires minimal preparation, and dental bonding does not even require anesthesia for most patients. During the process, a tooth-colored resin material or a durable plastic material is applied and hardened with a special light that bonds the material to the tooth to restore a person’s smile.
We at HomeTown Dental at Alliance can provide you with the best and most comprehensive dental bonding options available.
Importance of Dental Bonding
There are several reasons why people chose to get bonding done. Dental bonding helps to fix cracked, chipped, and damaged teeth. It also helps to improve the appearance of discolored teeth and to close spaces between them. It is also used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings. Dental bonding helps make teeth longer and protects any portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed as gums recede.
Unlike crowns and veneers that require more time to be prepared, bonding can be completed in a single visit. Also, bonding requires minimal tooth removal. One short appointment is enough to get multiple teeth bonded.
Types of Dental Bonding
There are two major types of dental bonding: direct dental bonding and indirect dental bonding. Direct dental bonding consists of a special adhesive and tooth-colored composite resins are used. The materials are bonded to your teeth using high-intensity curing light. Indirect dental bonding involves an additional laboratory step. The dental restoration is made outside of the dental office. Both direct and indirect dental bonds consist of composite resin.
Not much preparation is required for dental bonding. Anesthesia is not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth, Then the tooth would need to be drilled to change its shape or if the chip is near a nerve. A shade guide is used to select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your tooth. The surface of the tooth is then roughened, and a conditioning liquid is applied. This helps the bonding material to adhere to the tooth. The putty-like resin is applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. The material is hardened with a bright blue light or laser. After the material hardens, our dentist will further trim, shape and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
Care for Bonded Teeth
How long the dental bonding can last depend mainly on the location of the restoration on teeth. If it is at the edge of the tooth, it will not last as long. To help extend the life of a bonded tooth, you should brush at least twice a day and avoid hard food and candy. You should also avoid coffee, tea, and tobacco for the first few days after the procedure to avoid any stains.
For more information on dental bonding, and to find out if you can benefit from this procedure, call HomeTown Dental at Alliance at 682-204-5777 today.