Dental bonding is performed when you want to repair your teeth, close gaps between the teeth, or change their shape. The procedure involves the use of a tooth-colored resin material that is bonded to the teeth. Bonding helps restore and improve the smile of a person. Our team at Michelle Hedgecock, DDS performs dental bonding to correct a variety of dental issues.
What Issues Does Bonding Resolve?
Our dentist will recommend bonding to resolve different dental issues. The procedure can be used to repair decayed teeth. The dentist uses a composite resin to fill cavities. Bonding may also help repair cracked or chipped teeth. If you are looking forward to improving the look of discolored teeth, our dentist can utilize dental bonding. Sometimes, bonding helps close spaces or gaps between teeth. And if you want to make your teeth look longer, bonding is a viable solution. Not only that, but bonding helps change the shape of your teeth. People who wish to replace amalgam such as silver fillings can choose the bonding technique.
Dental Bonding Procedure
Before receiving a bonding procedure, our dentist may consider administering anesthesia, particularly if it is being used to help fill a decayed tooth. Often, there is no advanced planning that is required for dental bonding and most of the procedures do not need anesthesia.
When performing the bonding process, our dentist utilizes a shade or color guide that helps in selecting the right composite resin that matches the color of the teeth. The dentist preps the surface of the teeth by roughening it and applying a conditioning liquid. These steps are crucial because they allow the bonding substance to adhere to the tooth properly. The dentist then applies the durable, tooth-colored, putty-like resin to the tooth and molds and smoothes it to the desired shape.
Using a special light, the dentist hardens the resin material, allowing it to cement onto the surface of the tooth. The professional will then trim, shape, as well as polish the bonded resin, allowing it to match the gloss and shininess of the other teeth. Bonding a single tooth will need about 30 to 60 minutes. So if you have several teeth, it may take longer.
Any Special Care Needed?
Generally speaking, there is no special way designed to take care of dental bonding. However, good oral hygiene practices are critical. You should brush and floss regularly. Do not skip your dental checkup and cleaning visits. Bonding resin is not as durable and strong as your natural teeth, therefore, it is susceptible to damage. Since bonding material is likely to chip, you need to refrain from habits like chewing on pens, biting fingernails, biting on ice, and other hard food items or objects.
If you notice sharp edges on the bonded tooth, contact our dentist. Stay away from tea, tobacco, coffee, and other substances that stain teeth because they can stain the bonding material, especially during the first two days when the resin is curing.
If you have any questions about dental bonding or you want to know how it can help with your specific dental issue, visit us at Michelle Hedgecock, DDS. Feel free to contact us at (512) 617-3361 to request an appointment for a consultation.