Bonding is a dental procedure done to restore both the look and function of teeth after an injury or discovery of tooth decay. Bonding can be done as part of the treatment for these conditions or as its own separate procedure. Our office uses a composite resin for bonding, which blends well with the natural teeth. Bonding is also used to fill in gaps between your teeth or to repair a damaged tooth. This makes it easier to eat and speak, but also gives you a much more natural-looking smile. Our professionals can give you more information on dental bonding at HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth.
Why Bonding Is Important
Bonding is mostly a cosmetic procedure, but it does help to restore normal functioning to your mouth as well. When you have gaps between your teeth or need to repair tooth damage, bonding is used to fill in the spaces. Injuries like cracks in the teeth can be quite noticeable but bonding will help to blend this so that all of your teeth look uniform. Bonding is also used after tooth discoloration or decay. Damaged or missing teeth can alter the way you speak and eat and because bonding fills in the gaps in your teeth, it allows you to function as if you have full, natural teeth.
In total, this procedure will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. This can vary slightly depending on the extent of the damage. You may also need to have multiple bonding sessions in order to fully restore your teeth. Bonding does not usually require anesthesia and it is totally painless. That said, if you are having it done as part of another procedure, then the other parts may require anesthesia. Our dentist will give you details on this prior to the appointment.
To begin, our dentist will compare available shades of resin so that the bonding will match the color of your natural tooth. They will then use a dental tool to give the tooth an abrasive texture, which helps the resin attach. After applying a conditioning liquid, which also helps the resin to attach, our dentist will apply the resin.
Once the resin is on your tooth, we will mold it so that it matches the shape of your tooth. At first, this resin will resemble putty. However, using an ultraviolet light or laser, we are able to harden it so that it sets permanently. The bonding is almost instantaneous, though our dentist may need to do some shaping or polishing to finalize the look.
Resin perfectly matches the natural tooth in appearance, but it is more brittle meaning you will need to take caution and avoid damage or injury. You will receive further instructions at your appointment, but this typically includes brushing and flossing on a daily basis and coming into our office for routine dental cleanings every six months. Our dentist may also recommend avoiding hard or sticky foods, tea, coffee, and tobacco. The resin is especially vulnerable in the first few days following the procedure and even things like biting your nails could damage the bonding.
Because this is a painless procedure, you will be able to resume most normal activity immediately. Although, if you experience any discomfort or notice chipping, breaking, or a sharp feeling on the bonding then you should contact us right away. For more information or to schedule tooth bonding, call HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth at 682-516-3532 now.