What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic process in which tooth-colored plastic or resin material is bonded to the natural surface of a tooth. The material is adhered and hardened, offering a solution for many different dental situations. This process is simple and cost-effective, making it attractive for many patients.

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When is dental bonding used?

Dental bonding is used to resolve many issues. If a patient requires more than a filling to repair damage caused by tooth decay but less than a crown, dental bonding may be ideal to restore and improve the tooth.

Likewise, bonding can help repair broken and chipped teeth due to accidents and trauma. Bonding can also help cover a receding gum line — most often seen in periodontal disease patients. Aesthetically speaking, dental bonding can transform the shape of an undesirable tooth into one that looks completely natural with the rest of your smile. Bonding may also be used to cover up staining in teeth.

Though dental bonding is a similar process to getting dental veneers, it is a quicker treatment with the added benefit of being a much less expensive option.

We are available if you would like to weigh the pros and cons of bonding versus veneers. Call us today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss which option might be best for your oral health needs.

What is the dental bonding process like?

The dental bonding process is completely painless. We will ensure your comfort throughout the treatment by numbing the area prior to working on it, particularly if we need to remove part of the tooth undergoing the bonding process due to damage or decay.

Once your tooth is prepared, we will use the bonding material to reshape and fix your tooth. The bonding material starts out the consistency of putty. It adheres to the natural surface of your tooth, where we can easily shape it to fit your dental needs. Once we are satisfied with the shape of the tooth and bonding material, we will harden it using a safe and special light. Any last adjustments will take place afterward to ensure that the tooth fits naturally with your bite and does not cause any issues.

Care for your bonded tooth just like you would the rest of the teeth in your mouth. Brush and floss on a regular basis, and attend regular appointments with us so we can ensure the bonding is still effective.


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