Tooth Bonding ProcedureMost tooth bonding procedures can be completed in one appointment. During your appointment, Aaron Cooley, DDS 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.
Video: Cosmetic Bonding
Advantages of Tooth BondingTooth bonding has some advantages over other cosmetic procedures, some of which include:
Caring for a Bonding ToothIn 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 AppointmentIf you would like to learn more about tooth bonding, call (425) 249-3509 to schedule your consultation appointment today!