Bonding Damaged Teeth
Dental bonding is a process in which a special resin is fused to damaged teeth to make them whole again. The durable plastic substance (resin) is applied as a liquid then a special light is used to harden and bond the resin and tooth together. Dental bonding is a relatively painless process that is a great option for individuals who have any of the following:
- Decayed or decaying teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Stained teeth
- Large or small gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are too short or small
- Oddly shaped teeth
- Receding gums or exposed roots
What is the Process of Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a relatively fast and easy process. Anesthesia is only needed if the bonding is being used to repair a decaying tooth. After the patient has met with the dentist to determine if bonding is a viable option, an appointment is made.
First, the surface of the tooth is roughened and a conditioning liquid is applied to clean the tooth. The conditioning liquid also helps the resin adhere to the surface. Next, the resin, which is colored to match the shade of the tooth, is applied and molded to the damaged tooth. It is then smoothed to the desired shape and an ultraviolet light is used to harden the material. To finish up, the tooth is smooth some more and polished until it perfectly matches the rest of the teeth. The entire process takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.
Advantages and Disadvantages to Dental Bonding?
- Advantages: It is an easy and inexpensive procedure. Bonding can usually, depending on how much is needed, be completed in one visit. And, anesthesia is rarely needed.
- Disadvantages: Though highly stain resistant, resin does not resist stains as much as other procedures such as crowns. Another slight disadvantage, resin can chip and break after time, but it is not difficult to repair.
Call us today at 704-759-0908 to see if dental bonding is an option for you.