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Dental Bonding

Regardless of how hard we may try to protect and strengthen our oral health, it sometimes happens that we need restorative or cosmetic dental care. Fortunately, dental technology has advanced so far that when it comes to restoring and improving the health and appearance of our mouths, there are many different treatment options designed to address many different issues. Dental bonding is one of the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective treatment solutions when one is trying to solve problems that involve minor tooth decay, chips, fractures or discoloration.

The Process of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding consists of using a composite resin in order to improve the structure or appearance of a tooth, and is therefore often primarily considered to be a cosmetic dental procedure. This resin can be shaped and polished so as to match surrounding teeth, which means it can be used to close unsightly spaces between the teeth, make teeth look longer or even change the shape or color of teeth. In certain, limited situations, dental bonding can also be used as an alternative to other types of tooth fillings, or where needed to protect roots that have been exposed as a result of gum recession.

The dental bonding process begins with a full dental consultation to determine whether this treatment is appropriate to address one’s needs. The dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, and may even require x-rays. At this time they will determine whether you have issues that can be resolved with dental bonding, or whether the issues you have require another form of restorative or cosmetic treatment. If both you and the dentist determine that dental bonding is appropriate, the dentist will use a guide to determine which composite resin color will most closely match the color of your teeth.

In order for the composite resin used in dental bonding to properly adhere to your teeth, the dentist must first etch the surface of the tooth in order to make it rough. Your tooth will then be conditioned with a liquid that further assists the resin in adhering properly. Once the resin is applied to the tooth, the dentist will take the time to mold and shape it prior to curing it with either an ultraviolet light or a laser. The hardened resin is trimmed and shaped further as needed, before it is polished until it matches the appearance of the surrounding teeth. This entire process normally takes about half an hour to complete on a single tooth.

Dental bonding is a highly desirable cosmetic procedure because it is easy, fast and cost-effective. As compared to other veneers and crown work, dental bonding normally does not require the use of anesthesia or the removal of tooth enamel. That said, it is important to bear in mind that dental bonding resin is not as strong as your natural tooth material. This means that things which might not adversely affect your natural teeth, such as biting fingernails or chewing on pen caps, can chip and damage the dental bonding resin. Furthermore, dental bonding will only last for a few years prior to needing replacement, which means it is best suited for temporary correction of cosmetic issues. Other restorative treatments, like crowns, veneers, or fillings, may be more appropriate in situations where the tooth needs more extensive and permanent repair.

Caring for Dental Bonding

Just as tea, coffee, cigarettes and other substances can stain your natural teeth, so too can they stain dental bonding resin. For this reason, patients are strongly advised not to consume these things during the forty-eight hours immediately after receiving dental bonding treatment, and to continue to brush their teeth daily and have them professionally cleaned every six months. It is also recommended that patients who have received dental bonding avoid biting or chewing on hard objects, such as fingernails, pens or ice.

Contact your dentist today to determine whether you may benefit from dental bonding.


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