Dental bonding is a commonly used method to either restore or improve a person’s tooth or teeth. Because it is a relatively simple and inexpensive procedure, it is widely applicable to a variety of situations:
Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
Repair a chipped tooth
Close spaces between teeth
Change the shape of teeth
Protect exposed roots of teeth caused by gum recession
Replace amalgam (silver fillings)
Bonding is a popular and desirable procedure because it blends in with the surrounding teeth and looks very natural. The process is simple, quick, and can be done on short notice. The bonding itself is a tooth-colored resin that is bonded to the tooth; the procedure can be completed within one office visit. Anesthesia is typically not used since the procedure is not invasive; the exception is when the bonding is being applied to a decayed tooth.
The procedure typically takes around 30 minutes
Coffee, tea, and smoke can stain the resin. In order to keep the surfaces looking pearly white, avoid staining foods for the first 48 hours after the procedure.
The artificial resin is not as durable as the natural tooth. You will need to take extra care in brushing your teeth and remembering to visit the dentist twice a year for regular professional cleanings.
Biting down on non-food objects (such as pencils or fingernails) can chip the bonding material.
Bonding can be expected to last several years before needing to be repaired.
If you notice sharp edges on your bonding or your teeth feel misaligned when you bite down, call your dentist immediately.
If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today.