What is Dental Bonding?
Bonding refers to the application of a plastic composite resin on a tooth in order to repair decay, chipping, discoloration, or a fracture. While veneers require more than one dental office visit, the dental bonding procedure can be completed in one visit. Dr. Chris Green, a cosmetic dentist in Parker, CO explains that the procedure is referred to as “bonding” because the composite resin adheres or bonds directly onto the tooth it is applied.
What is Dental Bonding Used For?
Our friend and the best cosmetic dentist in Shreveport, LA, Dr. Ben Kacos, explains that dental bonding is commonly used for cosmetic purposes. For example, your chipped or discolored tooth can undergo bonding in order to improve its appearance. Bonding can also be used to make your teeth look longer, smaller, larger, or closer together. The resin used is polished and shaped so that it resembles the nearby teeth. Oftentimes, dental bonding can be used as an alternative to amalgam fillings or for purposes of protecting roots once gum recession exposes them.
Dental bonding doesn’t require any tooth preparation, No need to worry about Dr. Chris Green drilling or shaving material from your teeth before bonding is done!
Dental Bonding Procedure
First, Dr. Chris Green will refer to a shade guide in order to select a color of composite resin that closely resembles the color of your natural teeth. Once the cosmetic dentist has picked the color, he will lightly etch the surface of the tooth in order to roughen it. Thereafter, he will apply a conditioning liquid that is intended to make the composite resin adhere to your tooth. After this, he will apply one layer of the bonding resin at a time and mold this resin until it is smooth and has the desired shape. Once Dr. Chris Green is satisfied with the shape and smoothness, he will use a laser or UV light to harden the resin. After the resin is hard, your dentist will again shape and polish the composite resin before polishing it to a fine sheen similar to the rest of your tooth.
The dental bonding procedure takes half an hour to an hour, but you may need more than one visit. This will be the case if more than one tooth needs to undergo the dental bonding procedure. Your newly bonded teeth are susceptible to being stained by coffee, cigarette smoke, tea, and other pigmented substances. For this reason, Dr. O’Grady, a Denver Highlands dentist, recommends that you refrain from consuming these substances the first 48 hours after your procedure. Additionally, you need to brush regularly and have your teeth cleaned every six months by a dental hygienist at Green Dental Care. This will protect your teeth from being stained.
Potential Risks of the Dental Bonding Procedure
Dr. Chris Green explains the material that is used during dental bonding isn’t as strong as your natural teeth. Consequently, chewing ice, biting your fingernails, or abnormally using your teeth could cause the composite resin to chip or crack. Dr. Chris Green points out that dental bonding will last, but this durability will be strongly influenced by your oral habits. If you notice sharp edges on the composite resin days after you have undergone dental bonding, contact Dr. Chris Green immediately. You also need to talk to your cosmetic dentist if the resin chips or cracks, or if you feel that your bite isn’t right. Our experienced professionals at Green Dental Care will evaluate the bonded teeth and take the necessary steps to rectify the situation.
If you are interested in dental bonding or think previous work needs to be re-done, contact Green Dental Care for our the best cosmetic dentistry in town.