We offer dental bonding procedures to address a full array of dental issues. Dental bonding is considered a cosmetic treatment and is a simple, inexpensive alternative to other cosmetic procedures. Bonding does not typically require the use of anesthesia and can be performed in a single visit. For this and other reasons, dental bonding is the preferred way to address many dental issues.
Why would someone need dental bonding?
Dental bonding can be necessary for several reasons:
- fixing decayed teeth and filling cavities
- repairing a tooth chip or crack
- widening teeth to fill gaps between them
- Altering the length or size of your teeth
- changing the shape of a tooth
- Using it as an alternative to amalgam “silver” fillings
- protecting of tooth roots when gum recedes
How the procedure works
Your dentist will use tooth-colored resin, a durable plastic material, to perform the bonding. This material can be prepared just before the procedure and is made to match the color of your teeth. Depending on the issue the procedure is addressing, your dentist may have to drill your tooth to change the shape of your teeth. In such cases, anesthesia can be used to prevent any pain. Anesthesia is also advisable when tooth chips or cracks are near the root.
Before your dentist applies the bonding, the tooth needs to be roughened. After that, your dentist will apply a conditioning liquid. This ensures that the bonding material adheres properly. At this point, the bonding resin is put on and shaped. This bonding material is moldable and allows your dentist to perfect the shape of your tooth. Once the shaping is complete, a UV light is used to harden the material. Your dentist will take another pass to get the final trim shaped and then apply polish to match the color of your other teeth.
The overall procedure takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour for each tooth. Once the procedure is complete, you won’t have to wait to eat or drink, but you might experience some sensitivity.
How long does bonding last?
The average bonding can last anywhere from a few years to more than ten. The durability of the bond depends on where the bonding is located in your mouth, as well as your eating and chewing habits. Your dentist might not recommend dental bonding in places where there is high biting pressure. For more serious cosmetic issues, your dentist may recommend a more permanent solution than dental bonding. However, because dental bonding is a lower cost and quicker procedure that can be fixed or repaired later, it is often the most practical solution.
Will bonded teeth impact how I eat?
Dental bonding does not require any change in your dieting or eating habits, though you might consider making changes yourself depending on what caused you to need dental bonding in the first place. Cracked or chipped teeth can be caused by chewing on hard foods like candy or ice. Damaging foods can cause a bonding to break and require a replacement. Your dentist can answer your questions after the procedure and offer advice to avoid any problems..
What do I do if the dental bonding breaks?
Sometimes dental bonding can break and weaken over time. This can be impacted both by what you eat and other habits. Highly acidic foods can weaken dental bonding, which makes it more prone to break. You can also cause damage bonding by chewing on objects like a pen or pencil. It’s important to consider your personal habits to help your teeth stay healthy after your bonding procedure. By forming better habits, you can help your bonding can last a long time.