Things happen in life and sometimes bonding is required. A tooth can get chipped. Even with the best maintenance, a spot of decay may occur but be so tiny that a regular filling will not adhere. For instances like these, your dentist will do a procedure called dental bonding. What is bonding? It is a tooth-colored composite resin material that is applied to a decayed, unsightly or chipped tooth. Since it is the same shade as the tooth, it is invisible to the naked eye. The resin and tooth bond together and create a layer of protection that lasts a very long time.You’ll need to avoid such habits like chewing on ice or hard candy. Also, wear a mouth guard when playing sports as a blow to the tooth could loosen the adhered resin.
Dental bonding is used to repair a chipped, decayed, fractured or discolored tooth. Compared to other treatments, like veneers, bonding is a very cost-effective option. In one visit, the dentist can complete a bonding treatment, while veneers are manufactured by a dental lab and preparations will require more than one visit.
Any person who needs a minor repair will be the perfect candidate. This could be to close the spaces and gaps between unevenly spaced teeth, or to put a “coating” on a tooth that is discolored and unsightly in order to create a beautiful smile. Bonding techniques can be used on a variety of conditions. Ask your dentist for further information.
The bonding procedure is a simple one. The color will need to be closely matched to your teeth. Next the tooth’s surface is prepared so that the conditioning liquid and the composite resin will adhere to the tooth easily when applied. The resin is molded to the necessary shape when applied and a UV light or laser is used to harden it. Polishing will make sure that it looks identical to your other teeth. The entire process takes between 30 minutes to an hour for each tooth. Depending on the number of teeth that need this, you may be required to schedule other visits.
Once your bonding treatment is complete, you must use care to avoid staining or a color change of the bonding material. The substance can absorb stains when exposed to things like coffee, tea, wine and cigarettes.
What to Expect
You should have no side effects whatsoever, but if you have any concerns, you should call the dental office immediately. There should be no rough edges, and your bite should not feel any different. You will probably be asked to make an appointment to come in again for a follow-up visit so that we can be sure that you are completely happy.