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Dental Bonding is the easiest and most cost effective of all cosmetic dentistry solutions.
In its simplest form dental bonding is application of a tooth-colored composite resin (plastic) to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored tooth. We call it bonding as that is exactly what happens – the composite resin is applied to the area needing reparation and then shaped and polished to look like the tooth.
The upside of bonding is cost, and the fact most bondings can be done in just one visit. The downside is that bondings are not as permanent as a veneer or other option.
Dental bonding use.
As said above, bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. It is relatively easy to shape the resin to the needed repair then to polish to match surrounding teeth.
In most cases, Dr. Abeyta will recommend bonding to help improve the appearance of a discolored, cracked or chipped tooth. Bonding can also be used to close spaces between teeth, or in order to make teeth look longer. Bonding can also be used to change the shape or color of teeth that a client might want to change.
What preparation is required?
The great part about bonding is that no preparation is needed for bonding! During your visit you will most likely not need any anesthesia unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth where the nerves might be close to the surface.
To start, Dr. Abeyta will use a shade guide to choose the resin in order to match the color of the tooth.
Once you agree, she will slightly abrade or etch the surface of the tooth to roughen it. A conditioning liquid will be applied to the tooth to help the bonding material adhere where it is placed.
After the tooth is prepared, Dr. Abeyta will apply resin to the area requiring repair, which is then molded and smoothed until it’s the shape of the tooth. In the last step of this part, an ultraviolet light or laser is used to harden the material more quickly. (More comfortable for you!)
Then Dr. Abeyta will polish the repaired area until it matches the rest of your teeth as closely as possible.
The whole process for one tooth can take as little as 30 – 60 minutes.
Are there any risks?
The one thing to remember is that the repair is not as as strong as a natural tooth (or more permanent solutions like veneers). Stop yourself from biting your fingernails, chewing on ice or anything similar as it could damage your repair.
How long will the bonding last? The answer to this is – depends.
How well are you going to care for your teeth? In most cases tooth bonding should last a minimum of several years, and more depending on you!
In the days after having the bonding done, call your dentist if you notice sharp edges on the bonded teeth, or your teeth feel strange or “off” when you bite down.
At any time, make sure to call Dr. Abeyta if the bonding chips or pieces fall out (for whatever reason!)
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