Dental bonding is a restorative procedure that is used to repair minor damage to the teeth. Bonding is a cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers.
What is a Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is the process of application of a tooth-colored resin to the surface of the tooth. The resin bonds with the natural tooth structure, filling small spaces and masking discolorations. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are placed over the front surface of the teeth, bonding can be used to fill in small cavities or fix chipped or broken teeth. However, unlike porcelain veneers, bonding is not stain-resistant and will need to be touched up in about a year before needing replacement. It’s also important to remember that since composite resins are not as strong as their porcelain counterparts, they can also chip more easily than veneers.
Who makes a good candidate for Dental Bonding?
When patients choose bonding as a restorative treatment, they typically appreciate the fact that it can be done quickly and is less involved than some other restoration techniques.
However, one drawback of tooth bonding is that it only lasts about ten years—much shorter than the lifespan of porcelain veneers, for example. So patients who believe that they’ll need their bonding replaced within the next ten years should consider another restoration option that offers a longer lifespan.
Additionally, candidates for tooth bonding are those who have healthy teeth and gums. Patients should have realistic expectations about the results as well. While bonding can be used to fill small gaps between teeth and hide discolored spots, it’s not an effective treatment for major cosmetic flaws or misaligned teeth. Those with these issues should seek a different solution to correct those issues.
Lastly, while anesthesia is often not required when a dentist applies bonding to a patient’s teeth, some patients do require it. These individuals should discuss sedation options with the dentist during the consultation appointment.
What happens during a Dental Bonding procedure?
During your dental bonding appointment, the dentist will provide you with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. Next, your tooth’s enamel will be gently etched to prepare for the application of the composite resin material. The dentist will apply the composite material to the prepared tooth and mold it to the desired shape. Finally, a special curing light will be used to harden the material and complete the bonding process. With proper care, you can enjoy your attractive new smile for many years to come!
To set up a consultation or to make an appointment, call Sheffield Square Dental Care at 773-880-2310.