What is Dental Bonding?
When you have dental bonding done this process takes a resign material which looks like the color of teeth and this is applied to the teeth. It’s a durable plastic type of material and it’s hardened with a light and this then bonds to the tooth which then improves your overall smile and the look of the mouth.
When is Dental Bonding Used?
There are several reasons that dental bonding might be used including:
- You have decayed teeth that need to be repaired
- A tooth is cracked or chipped
- You have discolored teeth that need to be whitened
- You have spaces between your teeth that have to be closed
- You want to change the shape of your teeth
- A root is exposed so you have to protect that root from damage
Dental Bonding Procedure
There is not a lot of preparation that occurs before dental bonding can begin. If a tooth is decayed, has a chip in the tooth is near one of the sensitive nerves the shape needs alteration, then an anesthetic will be used. The dentist chooses a color which closely matches the color of your normal teeth.
The surface of your tooth then goes through a roughening process and an agent to condition the tooth is applied to it. These steps will help the material used in the bonding process to adhere to your tooth. A resign which is tooth colored is applied to the tooth and then this is molded into the right shape. The material is then hardened with laser light. Ince the material has hardened the dentist may shape or trim it and then polish it so it has the shine of a normal tooth. It will usually take around one hour to complete each tooth or a bit less.
Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding
- The procedure isn’t as costly as other procedures tend to be. Crowns and veneers will cost you more. Bonding can be completed in a regular visit to the dentist while veneers and crowns need to be constructed prior to putting hem on the teeth and this takes more time to do.<.li>
- Less tooth enamel is removed during the entire procedure than other methods and unless it’s a more complex procedure, you don’t need anesthetic.
- The material used is stain resistant but crowns will resist stain more than dental bonding does so that may be a better option if your teeth stain frequently.
- The materials aren’t as strong as veneers, filing, or crown and the bonding material may break or chip off.
- May only be useful for small cosmetic changes or for a temporary change before other methods are applied for better results.
Speak to one of our dentist at Lawrence Park Dental, about dental bonding. This procedure can be beneficial but other procedures may be better suited to your individual problem. There are numerous ways to fix problem teeth and they all have pros and cons. Dental bonding will cost a lot less when compared to other procedures so it may be the best solution for your needs.