Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is one of the most frequent procedures performed by dentists and hygienists. Over time, teeth start to wear down, especially when they haven’t been properly cared for through regular brushing and flossing. Sometimes worn teeth can crack or break, resulting in fractures and jagged edges. To treat these problems, the solution is dental bonding.

What Is It?

Dental bonding is when a tooth-colored composite resin is used to repair the damaged tooth. It is applied like a putty that can then be shaped and adjusted to match the original tooth or those around it. The resin is applied directly to the tooth and can be sculpted and hardened in a single visit.

Bonding is done to treat a broad range of problems, but the most common is repairing chipped teeth, helping seal fractures, closing spaces between teeth, and smoothing the surface if there are irregularities in the crowns. Sometimes bonding can also be done instead of the insertion of amalgam fillings to heal cavities.

The Procedure

Unlike some other procedures, dental bonding can be completed in a single visit and requires little effort from the patient besides sitting still. Anesthesia is often unnecessary, but a local variant can be applied if the patient is experiencing too much discomfort during the process.

The first step is making an appointment with a qualified dentist like the staff here at Digital Smiles. A visual and tactile exam is performed of the mouth, and x-rays are often taken to reveal the full extent of the damage. The dentist will then select a shade of resin that best matches the patient’s teeth before applying a small amount. Using small, specialized tools, the resin is shaped to form a complete tooth that either matches the original or looks more appealing to the individual.

Once the resin has been sculpted, it is hardened using an ultraviolet light or laser. Afterward, the dentist scrapes or removes any excess and refines the overall appearance.

The entire process typically takes 30 minutes to one hour, and patients can use the tooth right away. Just remember not to eat or drink any items known to stain for 48 hours after the procedure, as these can discolor the resin.

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