What is Dental Bonding?

Dental Bonding on a chipped tooth to repair tooth

It can happen to the best of us, even when we take the best possible care of our teeth.  If we aren’t experiencing decay or discoloration of our teeth from poor dental hygiene, an accident can still lead to chipped or fractured teeth.  So what do we do when our beautiful smile has been impacted by an accident or twist of fate? Dental bonding of course! What is dental bonding? An excellent and simple way of ensuring that you protect your damaged teeth and get your beautiful white smile back again.

What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a procedure through which a composite resin is molded and applied to your teeth, returning them to their natural beauty.  The term ‘bonding’ refers to the fact that the resin is permanently bonded to the remaining natural material of your teeth. The method of application is relatively straight-forward and only requires a single visit to prepare the tooth and apply the bonding.  In most cases, you won’t even need to have anesthesia applied unless the tooth being worked on is decayed and requires filling prior to bonding.

How Is Dental Bonding Done?
Dental bonding is a relatively simple procedure that begins with the selection of a color for your composite resin.  Once the appropriate color has been chosen that closely matches your natural teeth, the dentist will carefully scrape the tooth to create a surface the bonding agent can connect to.  By roughening up the surface, the dentist creates grooves and uneven surfaces that will aid the composite resin in bonding to your teeth. Once this is complete, your dentist will apply a conditioning liquid to help the bonding agent adhere, and begin applying the resin.  Molding the resin like putty, the dentist will match it as closely as possible to the natural shape of your teeth before applying an ultraviolet light to help it harden.

What Risks Are Associated With Dental Bonding?
There are few risks associated with the process of getting dental bonding as the procedure is fairly straightforward and easy.  However, there are risks associated with having dental bonding on your teeth. Like all prosthetics, the composite resin simply isn’t as strong as your natural teeth and it tends to be more prone to staining.  This means that patients with composite resin bonded teeth should avoid staining substances like coffee, smoke, and tea.

If you have more questions about the dental bonding process or want to schedule an appointment to see if this is the right solution for you, make an appointment to see Dr. Kasperowski today!  Don’t let another day go by with an unattractive or damaged tooth, take advantage of the composite resin bonding method to help protect your teeth and restore a beautiful smile.

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