Dental Bonding at JONATHAN J. GOLAB, D.D.S., P.A, Flower Mound
While bonding is one of the most conservative methods we use to restore teeth, it is a phenomenal one. Most of the time there is little or no need for the tooth to be reduced (ground down). So, there is almost no damage to your natural tooth, and the process is virtually reversible. Bonding is a very durable option, as well. However, this method cannot be used in all situations. Sometimes, when a little more tooth needs to be removed, porcelain veneers may be a better restoration alternative.
Dental bonding can be an excellent solution to repair a variety of dental problems:
- Tooth decay
- Chipped and cracked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Small spaces between teeth
- Teeth that have been shortened from wear
- Misshapen teeth
- To decrease sensitivity where gum recession has occurred
This procedure is popular because it is simple and practically painless. In most cases anesthesia is not needed. Dr. Golab uses a shade guide to select a perfect match to your natural teeth. He roughens the tooth surface slightly by applying a special liquid conditioner which helps the bonding material attach to the tooth. He then shapes a putty-like material to achieve the desired result. Once the resin is placed, Dr. Golab uses an ultraviolet light or a laser to harden the material. For a beautiful finish, he will further trim, shape and polish the treated teeth so that they match the rest of your smile.
Consider these advantages of bonding as your choice of treatment. It is less expensive and easier than some cosmetic dental procedures. Veneers and crowns, for example, are more costly and time-consuming due to the fact that they must be sent to a laboratory to be manufactured. The bonding procedure is minimally invasive, as very little of the tooth needs to be removed. Bonded teeth require no special care – only your routine oral hygiene.
However, bonding is not usually recommended for large cosmetic changes. It is ideal for small corrections and areas that do not receive excessive bite pressure, such as front teeth. Dr. Golab will explain your options and recommend the best restoration method for your situation.