Three Questions about Dental Bonding

Three Questions about Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a simple but effective way of covering tooth imperfections such as discoloration or gaps. A tooth-colored resin is applied to the teeth to change its appearance, resulting in a better-looking smile. At Bella Smiles, dental bonding is used for a variety of issues. Here are three questions that you may have about the treatment in Sugar Land, TX.

Why do I need dental bonding?

Bonding can be used in a variety of ways such as to:

  • Fix tooth discoloration
  • Fill large cavities
  • Fill in gaps in the teeth
  • Cover up cracks and chips
  • Alter the shape of a tooth
  • Enlarge or elongate a tooth to help it match the neighboring teeth
  • Cover the root of a tooth that has become exposed due to gum recession

Who can use dental bonding?

Bonding is a versatile treatment that generally presents the same advantages and (minimal) risks for all patients, so it can be used for any healthy patient. It should be noted, however, that breakage and chipping are more likely to occur when bonding is applied on the back teeth than on the front teeth. Because it is not as strong or durable as other dental treatments, bonding is a good solution to choose while making arrangements for a more permanent treatment, like a crown or veneer.

How is dental bonding done?

Before you arrive for your appointment, you will receive instructions for how to prepare for the procedure, if necessary. Your family dentist at Bella Smiles will begin the procedure by examining your teeth and gums. The tooth or teeth receiving the bonding will then be cleaned. To apply the bonding, your dentist will first roughen the surface of the tooth. A special conditioning fluid will be applied for a short time and removed; this will help the bonding material adhere better to the tooth surface. The bonding material will then be applied to the tooth in layers. It will be putty-like in texture and easily molded. Your dentist will form it to the desired shape and size, then apply a high-intensity light to it in order to cure (harden) it and strengthen it.

To improve the look of minor flaws in your teeth in Sugar Land, TX, consider dental bonding. Schedule an appointment at Bella Smiles to determine if this will be the best treatment for you.