The process of tooth bonding involves the use of a tooth-colored resin that is bonded onto a person’s existing tooth in order to conceal damage to a chipped tooth, or to close spaces between teeth. Other uses for tooth bonding include smile makeovers by a cosmetic dentist to lengthen the appearance of teeth or to change the tooth’s shape or colour.
For minor dental repairs, and in instances where procedures such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns may be more costly in relation to the actual repair requirement, then a dentist may consider dental bonding as an alternative.
An affected tooth is first prepared by the dentist by the roughing of the surface of the tooth, using a special tool. A liquid bonding agent is then applied to the tooth. The cosmetic dentist then applies a soft, tooth-colored putty and molds and smooths the putty into the desired shape.
Once the dentist is satisfied with the restoration, an ultraviolet curing light is used to harden the putty. If further dental bondings are required, the dentist then repeats the steps until the desired result is reached, before finally polishing the finished repair and matching its sheen with the rest of the tooth’s surface.
Dental bonding is a very common dental restoration technique, and can be performed in a single dental visit to deal with and treat a range of minor dental deficiencies. Unlike dental crowns or porcelain veneers, dental bonding requires little or no removal of any tooth enamel and can be performed without the need of anesthesia.
Once treatment is complete, bonded teeth require no special dental aftercare, and bonded teeth can be cared for in the same fashion as other teeth through a good dental care regime and regular visits to a dentist.
Dental bonds aren’t a permanent solution to dental restoration, however, and so to prolong the life of the dental bond, it is advisable to avoid activities that may chip or damage the bond, such as biting on fingernails, chewing on pens or crunching on hard foods.
Contact the Nassau County office of Dr. Richard Sousa to learn how you can benefit from dental bonding.