Bonding is a dental cosmetic procedure that utilizes a composite resin and tooth-colored material on damaged teeth or to correct spaces in teeth. It is a restorative procedure that aims at treating cracked, chipped, and damaged teeth. It is also used to close gaps between teeth, and correct the tooth's shape. Dental bonding is a reversible dental procedure as opposed to others like veneers. Visit us at Camas Dentistry for your aesthetic bonding treatment.
When Do I Need a Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is used to improve the cosmetic look of a smile. The bonding material is carefully applied to the tooth structure to cover chips and fissures in the teeth. They help cover staining in teeth and close small openings and spaces between teeth. Bonding is also used to make teeth look longer and change the tooth's shape.
During a dental bonding procedure, after discussing the aesthetic goals with the patient, the dentist visually examines the oral cavity and x-rays to assess the teeth and gums to ensure eligibility for the treatment. The presence of oral diseases will necessitate treatment of those conditions first before bonding is placed.
The dental bonding procedure starts with selecting a shade for the composite material to be used. Then the teeth are cleaned to ensure a good environment free of bacteria and plaque. Prepping the teeth also involves roughening the teeth surfaces and applying a dental conditioner to enable the resin to stick to the teeth surface as it is a putty-like substance. The composite material is then applied, contoured, and smoothened to the desired look. The material is then cured or hardened using a laser beam light that bonds the material to the dental surface.
The procedure usually takes 30-60 minutes per tooth to fully complete. The procedure is not painful; therefore, one need not be sedated. However, any discomfort can be eased by OTC pain relievers. After a bonding procedure, one should observe proper dental hygiene by brushing and flossing at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups helps maintain the bonding from wearing out too soon. Patients are also advised to avoid lifestyle habits that might diminish the quality of the dental bonding. Practices such as smoking and drinking alcohol and bruxism could wear out bondings and cause staining.
Importance of Dental Bondings
Dental bondings are less invasive dental aesthetic procedures that do not require the removal of the tooth enamel. They are also less expensive than other dental cosmetic treatments, are quite versatile, and fast to place. Unlike crowns and veneers, bondings require just one dental visit to install. They are minimal cosmetic changes and last anywhere between three to 10 years before requiring to be replaced or retouched. It can also be removed at any time. If you experience an off bite after a bonding treatment, it is advisable to visit the dentist for correction. There are, however, minimal risks associated with dental bonding, and they are one of the most common dental procedures. Visit us at Camas Dentistry to get your cosmetic dental bonding or reach us via 360-837-5992 to book an appointment.