Dental bonding is a common cosmetic dentistry procedure that can make minimal and maximum changes to your smile. The beauty of dental bonding is it generally can be completed in a single appointment and may or may not need dental anesthesia and is less expensive than porcelain restorations. . This cosmetic dentistry procedure involves reshaping and blending teeth. Bonding utilizes tooth colored materials that can be bonded to teeth to change shape, color, and length. This same material can also be used to fully cover the front surface (called a composite veneer).
Dental Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding can be used to restore function to a tooth that has tooth decay or just to add a cosmetic change. What is involved in the dental bonding procedure?
-Preparation. Very little preparation is necessary for dental bonding, especially in the case of a chipped tooth. Anesthesia is usually not even needed unless the dental bonding is needed to restore a deeply damaged or traumatized tooth, a fracture close to the nerve, a sensitive tooth, or a tooth damaged by a tooth decay. Your dentist will need to roughen up the surface and clean the edges to prepare the area to accept the dental bonding.
-An acidic etching gel (phosphoric acid) is applied to the tooth being treated to ready the surface for bonding of the dental composite. The gel opens up microscopic tubules which allows for proper bonding to the natural tooth surface.
-A liquid conditioning agent is applied to the tooth which wets the surface and again facilitates bonding.
-Your dentist will then choose the proper shade of dental composite to match the tooth being worked on but also the surrounding teeth.
-The dental composite is then formed and shaped so that it will fit into the necessary treatment area can restore the natural contours and function of the tooth. Multiple layers of dental composite are applied. This allows for a stronger end product.
-A special UV light is held over the dental composite. This light hardens and cures the dental composite. Each layer will be cured within seconds.
-After the material has cured, your dentist will adjust the material to remove any excess and bring it to a high polish. This will also be the time your dentist will ensure the bite (or occlusion) is correct. Adjustments may be made to bring the teeth into proper alignment. The final shaping and polishing is one of the most important parts of the process. It is important to blend the composite resin properly to get a result that looks and feels like your natural tooth structure.
-The entire dental bonding procedure usually between 30 minutes to an hour for each tooth. If done properly, dental bonding should not be noticeable to anyone. It should match your existing tooth structure perfectly.
-Going forward to maintain the dental bonding, you will want to be diligent about your dental hygiene. This should include brushing and flossing regularly.
What Can Dental Bonding Do For You?
Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, but can also be used to restore teeth that have tooth decay. Dental bonding can do the following:
-Repair cracks or chips in teeth.
-Cover stains or discolorations.
-Cover exposed roots thus eliminating or decreasing tooth sensitivity.
-Change length or shape of teeth.
Dental Bonding Conclusion
A dentist has many tools to restore your teeth but none more important than dental bonding. It is a versatile cosmetic dentistry procedure that can restore your smile to its natural form and function.