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Apr
6

Composite Bonding

Posted in Bonding

Do minor tooth irregularities on specific teeth leave you wishing you could do something to change them? Composite bonding is a very simple, straightforward treatment that can be performed on a variety of areas to improve the way certain teeth look. Unlike veneers or crowns, bonding only covers a small portion of the tooth, such as a chip, gap, or irregular appearance.

The color of the bonding is shaded to blend in with the tooth being treated, causing the final results to look like a complete tooth that has not had any treatment performed on it. The margin of the restoration blends seamlessly with the tooth, virtually re-building and re-shaping the tooth completely.

Applying composite bonding is very easy to do, and does not require a very lengthy appointment. The tooth is first gently conditioned or re-shaped if needed to encourage the material to bond with the enamel. The dentist then applies the composite and shapes it into the desired form, be it on the smooth surface of a tooth or on the biting edge. A curing light is then applied to the area for several seconds, causing the material to harden into place.

What do you want to change about your tooth? Dentists often use bonding on these types of areas:

  • Gaps between the front teeth (diastema)
  • Chipped front teeth
  • Exposed roots due to recession
  • Abrasion areas
  • Pitted enamel

You’ll be surprised at how affordable this seemingly cosmetic procedure can be. Even changing the most minor anomalies on a tooth can change the entire appearance of a person’s smile. If you or one of your family members has been troubled by a small tooth discrepancy, schedule a bonding appointment to fix it right away!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry

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