Also referred to as tooth bonding, dental bonding is the practice of using a soft composite resin in order to repair chips and cracks on your teeth. A cosmetic treatment, dental bonding can also be used to close minor gaps between your teeth or disguise a badly discolored tooth.
The tooth-colored composite resin that is used is incredibly pliable. This allows your dentist to shape it as needed. At Mor Smiles we are committed to keeping your smile healthy. With this comes finding the best treatment to meet your dental wellness needs.
The Process of Dental Bonding
One of the benefits to dental bonding is that it is much less involved than some of the other cosmetic procedures. It’s so simple, in fact, that the patient typically does not need anesthesia. The exception would be if there is decay that needs to be addressed before repairing the tooth.
To begin, your dentist will match the color of the composite resin to your natural teeth. This will assure you of a natural-looking result when you flash those pearly whites. We will then roughen the surface of the tooth. This assures a secure bond with the composite resin materials. A liquid will then be applied to the tooth, or teeth, in order to ensure a solid bond with the composite resin.
Your dentist will apply the composite resin to the tooth. From here, your dentist will shape and mold it until satisfied with the results. The composite resin will be hardened with an ultraviolet light. After the resin has hardened, your dentist may further refine the shape of the tooth so that it looks completely natural. The tooth will then be polished, flossed, and you’ll be all set.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Dental bonding is a relatively quick procedure. Results can be accomplished in just one appointment, if there are no complications that need to first be addressed.
Generally speaking, dental bonding will take between thirty to sixty minutes. If your procedure involves multiple teeth, your appointment may run somewhat longer. Since your procedure will require little to no anesthesia, you’ll be able to return to work or your normal routine once you’re done with the appointment.
Possble Risks of Dental Bonding
There are no major risks associated with tooth bonding. It is important to note that the composite resin that is used is not as durable as your natural teeth. It can chip, crack or otherwise break free from your natural tooth. There are increased risks for this if you crunch on ice, bite your fingernails, chew on odd objects or if you bite down too hard on foods that are hard.
Caring For Bonded Teeth
Taking care of your teeth, by following the instructions our dentist provides, will help to ensure they look their beautiful best for many good years to come. Establishing a good oral hygiene routine, one that includes your six-month cleanings with us, will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Avoid foods and drinks that could potentially stain your teeth. This includes red wines, coffee, tea, pasta sauces and more. Smoking can also alter the color of your bonded teeth, and your natural teeth.
Are you interested in learning more about dental bonding and how it can transform your smile? Call Mor Smiles at 223-258-5088 to make your appointment. We look forward to seeing your smile.