Even when a cracked or chipped tooth doesn’t hurt, it could be aesthetically unappealing and impair your bite function. Luckily, dental bonding is an excellent solution for minor dental flaws. Compared to most dental treatments, dental bonding offers a simple, quick, convenient, and cost-effective way to restore your oral health and prevent further damage.
If you’re considering cosmetic bonding treatment or your dentist has scheduled you for one, knowing what to expect can help you prepare adequately. If you’ve not already consulted your dentist, you must do so. Why? Not every candidate might be a good candidate for dental bonding. For instance, dental bonding might not help much if your tooth is severely damaged. Instead, a dental crown is more effective.
Typically, bonding is the process of applying a bonding material, like composite resin, to a tooth to repair the damage. Mainly, a tooth-colored bonding material provides a natural and aesthetically appealing appearance. Commonly, bonding addresses dental imperfections such as decayed, chipped, discolored, uneven, or cracked teeth. Depending on your condition, your dentist can apply bonding in a single visit to the dental office.
Before the primary procedure, the dentist will examine your mouth and affected tooth to determine whether dental bonding is the right treatment option for you. Your dentist will make the necessary preparations for the bonding procedure if you’re eligible.
During the primary procedure, the dentist will begin by selecting a shade of bonding materials that match the natural color of the rest of your tooth. Your dentist will ensure that the results are aesthetically appealing and natural. Next, the dentist roughens the tooth and then coats it with a conditioning liquid to allow easy bonding.
Next, the dentist applies a putty-like material, commonly composite resin, to the tooth. The molded material ensures natural and appealing results. The bonding material hardens using a special laser or ultraviolet light. Once the bonding process is complete, the dentist finishes the treatment by shaping and polishing up the bonded tooth to match the rest of your teeth.
Generally, the composite resin bonding takes about 30 – 60 minutes for a single tooth. If you need multiple teeth bonded, it could take multiple appointments to complete. Thanks to the straightforward treatment, you may not require anesthesia, meaning that you can immediately resume your daily routine.
There are numerous reasons to consider teeth bonding to repair tooth damage. These include:
Poorly gapped teeth can make normal dental activities such as chewing and brushing difficult. Food particles can get trapped in the gaps, leading to plaque and bacteria buildup, which eventually causes gum diseases and cavities. Dental bonding is highly effective in filling in small gaps between teeth. Significant tooth gaps may require extensive treatment, such as braces and Invisalign ®.