Dental Bonding, or a composite restoration, uses a tooth-colored resin to repair various dental problems without requiring complex dental procedures. Bonding can be used to correct a number of issues, including chips, cracks, stains or gaps.
If you have dental issues such as cracked or chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, or discolored teeth, you may be wondering how to resolve these problems without costly or time-consuming care on each tooth. Fortunately, dental bonding is here. In one procedure, a resin material is coated onto your teeth, then hardened with a special light. The result is a permanent layer of protection that fixes esthetic issues and makes your teeth strong and durable.
As opposed to other procedures like crowns and veneers, dental bonding is an easy, inexpensive way to improve your teeth’s appearance. Bonding can be done in one visit, while veneers and crowns take time to manufacture. These other procedures involve removing some of your teeth’s original enamel, while bonding preserves the substance of your original teeth. Also, unless bonding is being used to fill a cavity, it in some cases does not require anesthesia.
Bonding does have several disadvantages compared to veneers, crowns, and fillings. Though bonding materials still last years, they are not as durable or stain-resistant as other types of dental work. The best use of bonding is to correct small cosmetic defects in areas with low bite pressure, such as the front teeth. For more extensive dental work, Drs. Pham or associates may recommend other dental treatment options.
Dental bonding takes approximately half an hour per tooth but it could take less if the decay is not invasive from beginning. Though local anesthetic is required in certain cases like drilling a tooth or filling a decayed tooth, patients might not need to be numbed sometimes if Drs. Pham or associates believe the filling procedure is not invasive enough to require local anesthetic. Our doctors precisely matches the color of the bonding material to your teeth, so the results will blend in as much as possible and thus the final work will give you the best esthetic result.
Drs. Pham or associates apply a conditioning liquid to the tooth, preparing it for the resin, which is then applied and carefully shaped into its final form. A special light is used to harden the material, which is trimmed and polished so the results will be invisible. After the procedure, bonded teeth can be cared for just like regular teeth. Continue to brush and floss daily, and visit The Center for Beautiful Smiles for regular check-ups. To prevent the bonding material from chipping, avoid habits like chewing on ice or other hard objects, biting fingernails, or using your teeth to open packaging. Bonding materials will last for many years, depending on your oral habits and the extensive amount of bonding done from beginning.
Dental bonding is a great solution for small cosmetic fixes to your teeth. Call The Center for Beautiful Smiles in Chula Vista today and schedule a complimentary consultation. We will be glad to answer any questions about your dental bonding procedure.
Call Dr. Pham at (619) 421-2155 to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss potential treatment options.