At Advanced Family Dentistry, our team can restore your decayed or broken teeth to full function and beauty through dental bonding. Bonding makes use of tooth-colored materials to hide aesthetically unappealing minor flaws in a tooth (such as discoloration, chips, and even slight spacing issues) or replace a missing tooth structure. Bonding materials are known as “composite resins” as they have a mix of glass and plastic, which adds translucency and strength. The composite becomes one, or bonds, with the remaining part of the tooth.
There is a range of tooth shades when it comes to composite resins, which help produce truly real-life results. When dental bonding is performed by someone with an artistic eye and skills, it might not be possible to tell the bonded tooth apart from its neighbors. While dental bonding lasts a shorter time than dental veneers, it also doesn’t require a dental lab and, in most cases, may be done without having to drill the tooth. Bonding is an especially good option for teenagers, who often have wait until the maturity of their teeth before picking a more permanent dental restoration.
The Bonding Process
As it doesn’t involve lab work, tooth bonding is often completed in one visit to our dental practice. Expect the entire procedure to take 30-60 minutes. First off, the tooth surface to be bonded is cleaned to remove plaque. The surface is then etched using an acidic gel, which opens up small pores inside the tooth surface.
After rinsing off the etching gel, our dentist will paint on a thin layer of liquid composite resin. This will fill up the tiny pores to make a steady micromechanical bond. The bonding material is then bonded with a specialized curing light. When the layer’s cured, our dentist paints on another layer and cures it. Layers can be continuously built upon each other until the restoration achieves the required thickness. Then the bonded material is shaped with a drill to create the right form. When the tooth fits snugly with your bite, and it looks great, it’ll get a final polishing.
Dental bonding is cheaper than other cosmetic procedures and can usually be done in a single appointment. However, it breaks more easily compared to other cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers. It can also stain. If it does chip or break, let our doctor know. Generally, the bonding can be easily repaired or patched in a single visit.
What to Expect
Tooth bonding is essentially a similar process to a resin composite filling. Our dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin to your tooth, shape it into the ideal shape, and cure the material using a special light. This requires little to no preparation of your tooth. So, what can bonding achieve? Well, it can close the spaces between your teeth, fix minor cracks or chips on your teeth, fill tooth cavities, and improve the look of discolored teeth.
To learn more about our dental bonding procedure, make sure to get in contact with Advanced Family Dentistry at (765) 287-5338 any time to set up a consultation.