If you have a tooth with minor decay or damage, tooth bonding may be the cosmetic and restorative solution for you! Tooth bonding is the application of composite resin to repair a chipped, broken, or decayed tooth. Composite resin is a putty-like material that can be color-matched to your existing tooth enamel, and improve the appearance of your smile. Bonding may be the ideal choice for you if you are looking for an easy and cost-effective cosmetic procedure. In some cases, we may recommend tooth bonding over the porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
Tooth Bonding Procedure
Most tooth bonding procedures can be completed in one appointment. During your appointment, our Cooley Smiles dentists will select a shade of composite resin that best matches your existing teeth. Next, we will prepare the tooth for the bonding process by etching the surface to roughen it. A rougher surface will allow the bonding material to better adhere to the tooth. If you have sensitivity issues, we may administer local anesthetic to numb the tooth and eliminate discomfort.
After the tooth has been properly prepared, we will apply the composite resin. The material will be molded and smoothed until we achieve the proper shape. Then, we will harden the material using an ultraviolet curing light. The curing light will activate the composite resin and expedite the bonding process.
Once the material is hard, we will trim the excess and check your bite to ensure there are no abnormalities. Finally, we will polish the composite resin until it matches the sheen of your natural enamel. The entire process typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour.
Advantages of Tooth Bonding
Tooth bonding has some advantages over other cosmetic procedures, some of which include:
||Quick and easy. Unlike veneers and crowns, tooth bonding can be completed in one appointment. Other procedures require a waiting period, while we fabricate your restoration at our dental laboratory.
||Cost-effective. Tooth bonding is one of the cheapest ways to improve the cosmetics of a damaged tooth. Composite resin is inexpensive to produce and easy to manipulate, which reduces the procedure time and saves you money.
||Fix minor issues. Tooth bonding may be the ideal choice if you have minor cosmetic issue. Veneers and crowns are better suited for teeth that also need additional structural support.
||Aesthetically-pleasing. Composite resin is an esthetically-pleasing material that is virtually indistinguishable from your natural enamel.
Caring for a Bonding Tooth
In most cases, a bonding tooth does not require any special care. However, there are certain steps you can take to ensure your restoration lasts much longer. Be sure to follow simple and effective oral hygiene practices, like daily brushing and flossing. We may also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash to reduce your chances of developing tooth decay. Regular check-ups and professional cleanings will also improve the longevity of your bonded tooth.
Composite resin can chip, so be aware of habits that may put unnecessary stress on the tooth, such as biting your fingernails or chewing on pen caps. We also suggest you try to avoid certain foods and liquids that may cause staining, like teas, wines, coffee, and dark fruits and vegetables.
Schedule an Appointment
If you would like to learn more about tooth bonding, call (425) 249-3509 to schedule your consultation appointment today!