Have you heard the term dental bonding? If so, you are probably wondering what it means. Bonding is when a tooth-colored resin is applied to fix a chipped, decayed, or cracked tooth. The great thing about dental bonding is that it cane be completed in only one dental appointment. And it is completely customized by molding right onto your teeth.
Bonding is the simplest of dental procedures and it’s also the least expensive. The resin that is used by your dental professional can be shaped and then filed to be the perfect match with your other teeth. Bonding is not only used for cracked, chipped, or decayed teeth. Dental bonding can also be used when your gums begin to recede. The bond is used to fill in that exposed area.
How do you prepare for a dental bonding appointment? Well, it depends on what you are having done. If you are having bonding done to repair a cracked or chipped tooth – there isn’t anything to do. As the dental bonding process does not use any kind of sedation. But if you are having dental bonding done to fill a decayed tooth then the area will have local anesthesia for numbing.
About how long does the dental binding appointment last? Again it depends on what you are having done. You can expect to spend anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour per tooth being worked on.
One more note on dental bonding is that dental hygiene is very important. Bonding is similar to your natural teeth enamel. So to minimize staining, you will need to brush at least twice per day. And in addition, flossing between your teeth will help to keep plaque out!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care
Dental bonding is an economical option that can help repair or enhance the appearance of teeth. The tooth colored material is similar to that used in composite (white) fillings, and can be used to re-shape or repair minor discrepancies in the teeth. Coloration of the material is chosen to match the enamel on the tooth, so the final restoration will appear natural and blend in well with the surrounding teeth.
Bonding may be done on a single tooth, or may be used in combination with other cosmetic dental treatments such as veneers or crowns when used as part of a comprehensive smile makeover. Areas that are ideal for dental bonding include:
• Minor spaces between teeth
• Chipped or broken teeth in the front of the mouth
• Areas of gum recession or enamel abrasion
• Hypersensitive areas
While most dental bonding is for aesthetic reasons, it is also the restorative treatment that is typically chosen for front teeth that have been chipped accidentally. For the bonding to be applied, the tooth is conditioned and reshaped if needed. The material is shaped and applied directly to the surface of the tooth, then cured with a light, which causes the resin to harden and bond to the enamel. Bonding is not appropriate for areas of large decay, severe fractures or areas that come into constant chewing pressure with teeth of the opposite arch.
If you have minor areas that you wish to improve the aesthetics of, dental bonding may be the answer you’re looking for. Minimally invasive and affordable, dental bonding can help transform the appearance of a single tooth or even multiple teeth throughout the mouth.
Over time many people develop worn teeth or chips due to accident, injury, abnormal wear, or even age. In some cases these tooth discrepancies can be very large and cause not only aesthetic concerns, but sensitivity as well.
Dental bonding allows your dentist to help correct these shape discrepancies and is a very simple procedure. Using tooth colored composite material, the bonding is placed in the area of discrepancy and is shaped to reflect the natural shape of the tooth. Bonding material is carefully shaded to match the surrounding tooth surface, creating a tooth that appears to be completely natural.
Bonding can also be used to cover areas of exposed root surfaces that are sensitive. Root exposure is due to gum recession of excessive tooth brushing, and typically causes severe sensitivity. Bonding is used over minor areas of root exposure in lieu of gingival grafting, protecting the delicate root surface from outside stimulants and thus preventing sensitivity.
One of the most common areas that bonding is used is on the upper front teeth, which are often chipped or broken during childhood injuries. Because bonding is less invasive than crowns, it is often used as the first attempt to correct these types of areas. However, front teeth are often used for biting into foods, so bonding may sometimes have trouble adhering to certain teeth, depending on the location and severity of the fractures.
Small spaces between the teeth can be closed in using bonding, creating wider teeth without areas between them. For minor discrepancies, bonding is a great option where veneers, crowns or braces are not the primary treatment choice.
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