In regards to cosmetic dentistry, dental bonding is perhaps the easiest and most versatile dental procedure, and is performed in a single visit. Using a tooth-colored composite resin, dentists apply the bonding agent to teeth that are decayed, chipped, or fractured. Yet, the benefits of dental bonding extend beyond repairing damaged teeth. Bonding is used to improve the appearance of teeth that are unevenly spaced or to change the shape or color of teeth. In addition, bonding can be used to replace amalgam (silver) fillings or to protect a portion of the root of a tooth that is exposed due to gum recession.
Surprising to some, there is no preparation needed for dental bonding, and anesthesia is rarely necessary. Yet, dentists do slightly roughen the surface of teeth before applying the composite resin, which has a putty-like consistency. After the surface of a tooth has been etched, a conditioning liquid is applied that enables the resin to adhere to the tooth. The next step requires molding and shaping the resin material until it is smooth. Using an ultraviolet light, the bonding resin is hardened, and can be filed and trimmed accordingly. The final step of the dental bonding process involves polishing the resin to help it blend with the rest of the tooth’s surface, as well as surrounding teeth.
Dental Bonding: After Care
For patients receiving dental bonding, there are a few things to know that will maximize the appearance of your newly bonded teeth. First, composite resin bonding material is not as strong as natural teeth. It can chip. Second, like natural teeth, bonding material can stain from tea, coffee, smoking, or other substances. Thus, to best care for your teeth following dental bonding, dentists suggest avoiding foods and beverages that are known to stain teeth for at least the first 48 hours. In turn, it’s best to avoid nail-biting or other habits such as chewing ice or chewing on pencils or pens in order to protect the bonding material. While bonding may need a “touch-up” or repair after a few years, patients with good oral care and a commitment to regular dental checkups find that dental bonding lasts longer.
We Value Natural And Healthy Smiles
At Sugar Creek Family Dental, Dr. William Capati and team value natural and healthy smiles, including restorative and cosmetic services using dental bonding. If your teeth are slightly damaged or discolored, or if you have silver amalgam fillings that distract from the beauty of your smile, call us today and ask about dental bonding. We happily serve patients in Fenton and surrounding areas, including High Ridge, House Springs, Murphy, Parkdale, and Scotsdale.
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