Dental Bonding: Purpose and Procedure
Dental bonding is a process used to treat problems from dental stain, crooked teeth and teeth that have experienced chips or cracks. This type of cosmetic dentistry is a very effective and economical solution to:
- Cover intrinsic stain – extrinsic stains resulting from lifestyle habits or diet are often resolved with alternative treatments, but intrinsic stains can be more stubborn. These can be due to medications or fluorosis producing spots or discoloring teeth. When other methods are insufficient or fail, bonding can produce beautiful results.
- Contour chipped teeth – when teeth are chipped or cracked, dental bonding is an excellent method to make those dental repairs. The material allows the dentist to use just the right amount to make the correction while providing flexibility to mold the repair to match surrounding teeth.
- Close gaps between teeth – Bonding can’t actually bring teeth closer together, but when applied can diminish the appearance of those spaces.
- Repair exposed root – When the root of the tooth becomes exposed due to gum recession, composite resin is applied to not only protect the root but as a cosmetic measure to make the tooth appear normal again.
- Repair dental decay – The material used for these cosmetic repairs is the same substance used to correct dental decay. A cavity results when there has been a breach in the enamel of the tooth. The use of composite resin offers many advantages over other filling materials … less of the tooth must be removed to complete the filling; composite resin is applied in layers with each layer hardened with a laser or curing light providing added strength to the tooth’s structure; there is less sensitivity to hot and cold than with the traditional fillings; the material is matched to the color of the tooth making the filling almost invisible.
- Dental bonding used for cosmetic dentistry is applied a little differently than the composite resin used to correct dental decay. Bonding is performed in steps like fillings, but anesthetic is usually not needed for bonding. The surface of the tooth is slightly abraded for better adhesion. A type of acid is applied, which will also help the bonding hold. The dentist will apply the bonding material hardening each coat throughout the process.
Upon completion, the tooth repair is contoured and polished to match surrounding teeth. Dental bonding will not last forever, but can provide many years of self-confident smiles. To learn more about this procedure, contact the office of Dr. Shupe at 250-860-6939 today.