If you are unhappy with the shape of a tooth, such as if your tooth is small or has a chip out of it, dental bonding can help. It can also be used to close gaps in your teeth. And it’s the material used most commonly in tooth-colored fillings. Dental bonding looks good, is inexpensive, and can be completed easily in a single visit.
To learn about dental bonding and your other options for repairing or reshaping your teeth, please call 559-431-4488 or email Dr. Donna J. Blair to schedule an appointment at her office in Fresno.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is an advanced composite material that combines the toughness and flexibility of plastic with the hardness of ceramics.
The dental bonding procedure is simple. First, the area to be treated is roughed slightly to improve adhesion between the bonding and your tooth. Then the bonding, which begins as a soft putty, is mixed with colors to ensure it properly matches your natural tooth enamel.
Next, the bonding is applied to your tooth. It is shaped so it gives your teeth the look you desire. A curing lamp shines a special frequency of light on it that encourages the resin to harden. Depending on the amount of bonding necessary to achieve your desire results, there may be multiple sessions of applying the bonding and curing it to ensure all the material is properly hardened.
Finally, the bonding is polished to give it a luster more like that of your natural tooth enamel.
What Dental Bonding Can Do
Dental bonding is a flexible material that can be used for many purpose. These include:
- Closing gaps between your teeth
- Correcting chipped teeth
- Lengthening short teeth
- Reshaping poorly shaped teeth
- Filling cavities
Dental bonding accomplishes all these purposes well.
Advantages of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding has many advantages that make it a popular treatment. These include:
- Dental bonding can closely match the color of your natural teeth
- When polished, bonding has a similar luster to tooth enamel
- Procedure can easily be completed in a single visit with no special equipment
- Dental bonding is less expensive than other treatment options
However, there are some disadvantages of the material:
- Dental bonding is soft and can lose its polish
- Dental bonding doesn’t last as long as porcelain veneers
- Dental bonding can become stained by dark food and drink
Deciding whether dental bonding is the right restoration for you often depends on a consultation with a dentist like Dr. Blair.
To talk to Dr. Blair about your restoration options, please contact us for an appointment at her office in Fresno.