Dental bonding is a very simple procedure that has both functional and aesthetic value. Bonding may be done on its own or as part of another procedure, such as repairing an injury or treating tooth decay. The composite resin used by your dentist perfectly blends with your natural teeth. Bonding gives you your natural look back and gives you more self-confidence in smiling. It is also helpful when you are not getting full function out of your tooth. Our dental professionals at Summit Dental Group can provide any bonding treatment you would need.
The Importance of Bonding
Bonding is mostly used for aesthetic reasons, but it does also serve a functional purpose. In general, bonding is used to fill in gaps between teeth or to repair a damaged tooth. Bonding is useful after treating tooth decay or discoloration. It can also be used after a tooth has been cracked or to ensure that your teeth have a uniform look.
Though you can function with a damaged or missing tooth, activities such as eating and speaking are much easier when your teeth match each other. The initial reason for the procedure may be aesthetic, but bonding can restore function that has been lost.
You can expect the bonding procedure to last about thirty minutes, though this can vary depending on your specific situation. Your dentist will explain this to you prior to beginning the procedure. You may need multiple sessions if you need multiple teeth bonded. In addition, bonding on its own typically does not require anesthesia. This may also change depending on the exact procedure.
Bonding begins with your dentist selecting a shade of resin that most closely resembles your natural tooth color. Before applying the resin, your tooth will need to be roughened and coated with a conditioning liquid. This will ensure that the resin attaches to your tooth.
Your dentist then applies the resin to your tooth and molds it to the correct shape. The resin is a putty-like substance at first, but your dentist will use an ultraviolet light or laser to set it. The resin hardens instantly. Once this is done, your dentist may do some final shaping or polishing to ensure that the look matches the rest of your teeth.
You will need to be careful with the bonded tooth, since the resin is not as strong as the natural tooth. Your dentist will provide instructions on preventing damage or injury. In general, this includes brushing and flossing daily and having routine cleanings every six months. You should also try to avoid hard food, candy, coffee, tea, and tobacco, especially for the first few days after your procedure. Nail biting is a common habit that can also damage a bonded tooth.
Recovery is generally immediate and you can return to normal activity following the procedure. However, if you notice any discomfort, chips, breaks, or sharp textures on the bonded tooth following your appointment, it is important to contact us immediately. It is a very simple procedure to repair or reshape bonding. To get more information or schedule a bonding appointment, contact Summit Dental Group today.