A dental bonding procedure involves applying a tooth-colored resin to discolored, chipped, misshapen teeth, and widely-spaced teeth to make them appear white and even. Bonding is one of the easiest and most cost-effective dental procedures and can be done in a single visit.
What is Dental Bonding Used For?
Dental bonding is used to correct the appearance of teeth. This can involve:
Covering a yellow, gray or discolored tooth.
Closing the gaps between two teeth.
Making short teeth look longer.
Correcting the shape of a misshapen tooth.
Covering the surface of the tooth root to prevent sensitivity and infection.
What Does a Bonding Procedure Involve?
At Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA, Dr. Jonathan Golab will first prepare your tooth to accommodate the bonding. This will require filing off a small amount of enamel to prevent the new tooth from becoming bulky. Microscopic furrows are made on the tooth’s surface with a mild acid. This procedure is painless, so you may not require anesthesia.
Your tooth will then be covered with a conditioning liquid that will help the bonding material to stick to its surface. We will then select the appropriate tooth color that matches the shade of your natural teeth.
The putty-like, tooth-colored resin material is then applied, molded, and smoothed into the ideal tooth shape. A curing light will then harden the material.
Once the bonding material has set, we will once again trim and adjust the shape of the teeth and then polish the surface until your tooth shines like the rest of your teeth.
A bonding procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete. If you need bonding on more than one tooth, you may have to schedule additional visits or more time.
Benefits of Bonding
Bonding is the easiest and least costly dental cosmetic procedures. It is usually done in a single visit unless you have several teeth that need to be corrected. Compared to dental crowns and dental veneers, it is also better for your tooth health as it requires the least amount of enamel to be filed. Also, the use of anesthesia is generally not required.
Limitations of Bonding
Although composite resin is somewhat stain-resistant, it is not as resistant as porcelain crowns. Dental bonding is also not very durable and can chip off. Therefore, it works well only in areas with low bite pressure, like your incisors. It is also only effective for small dental cosmetic changes.
How Long Does Bonding Last?
Bonding cannot last as long as veneers or crowns, but with proper care, it can last anywhere from three to 10 years without requiring a touchup. The success of a bonding is dependent on how well you take care of your teeth and your oral habits. This means you will have to avoid chewing on hard and sticky things like ice, pencil stubs, pen caps, and candy since they can crack or loosen the bonding material. Habits like grinding your teeth can also result in breaking the bonding material.
If you believe your teeth need a slight cosmetic makeover, call us at (469) 444-7919 to schedule an appointment, and we will consider your treatment options.