Dental Bonding

Correcting the Teeth: What Is Dental Bonding and When Is It Right for You?

When it comes to corrective and cosmetic dental procedures, practices like our own Lighthouse Dental Care provide many solutions for patients. These procedures can range in their need and when they are recommended. Some, however, are more involved than others while certain processes are simple and highly recommended. Dental bonding is the latter. Though common, with millions of Americans having received this procedure on at least one tooth, it is not always understood. Therefore, the following are the details of dental bonding and what it involves to help you make the right choice for your teeth and your smile.

What Does Dental Bonding Involve?

dental bondingDental bonding is a quick but multi-step process that helps to restore the teeth to an aesthetically pleasing and natural look. Usually, this process is completed in the dental office during a single visit. This, however, can vary based upon the number of teeth needing dental bonding or the extent of the reparation required.
The preparation time for dental bonding procedures is not highly involved. For the most common and easiest of cases, dental bonding does not require the use of anesthesia, unless the patient requires it for another reason. Once in the dental chair, a dentist will choose the bonding color. This is done using a guide that provides colors of composites and will help the dentist to match the color to the others in the mouth in order to ensure uniformity.

Utilizing sanding tools, a dentist like our own Dr. Mark Samuels will roughen the surface of the tooth or teeth. This helps with adherence of the dental resin composition and the conditioning substance. Once roughened, a liquid will be applied that helps to condition the tooth and prepare it for the bonding agent. The bonding agent is like a putty and is made of resin that is applied to the tooth. From there, the dental professional will mold the tooth in the proper way and help to ensure that it is the right shape for the mouth. Then, an ultraviolet light will be applied to the tooth essentially sealing it and ensuring that it hardens. This is the complete dental bonding process and will likely last between forty-five minutes to an hour for each of the teeth being bonded.

What Problems Does Dental Bonding Solve?

Knowing what a dental process involves and knowing what it can help resolve are two very different things. Therefore, now that you know and understand what dental bonding is, the next step is to really understand what it is used for and why dental bonding may be recommended by a dental professional. Dental bonding can be used to restore and repair teeth that have been damaged. This damage can be the result of normal wear and tear, dental decay, or it maybe the result of a chipped tooth or one that is cracked. Outside trauma or patient negligence, then, may result in the need and recommendation of dental bonding.

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Dental bonding may also be recommended to patients who have discolored or yellowed teeth. Dental bonding materials can be placed on the teeth as a means of returning the teeth to a more uniform and brightened color. It has other cosmetic benefits, too. Dental bonding can be used to elongate the teeth and to fill gaps and spaces that have developed in the oral cavity. It is even possible to change the overall look and shape of the teeth via dental bonding as well. A tooth that is out of place or may look non-uniform can be corrected with the proper dental bonding application.

Finally, gum recession issues and gum disease may require dental bonding as well. In these cases, an actual tooth root may become exposed due to dental disease, causing pain and sensitivity. Dental bonding, then, may be recommended as a solution to cover the exposed root and help to alleviate discomfort and pain.

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding has many advantages. It is quickly accomplished and requires less prep time and follow-up visits than other procedures like dental veneers and Lumineers. It also does not remove any of the important tooth enamel that is often required for other cosmetic procedures. However, dental bonding agents and materials tend not to be stain resistant, meaning that applications may require maintenance and corrective updates down the road.

Where to Go for Dental Bonding?

While most dentists will provide some type of dental bonding, not all of these dentists provide the high quality that our Lighthouse Dental Care office will provide. Therefore, be sure to contact us for a consultation and for guidance on whether or not this procedure is right for you. We can be contacted via phone at (203) 742-1027. Give us a call today!

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Lighthouse Dental Care

88 Ryders Lane
Stratford, CT 06614

Phone: (203) 742-1027
Fax: (203) 380-8390