You may have heard of bonding – also called dental bonding, tooth bonding, or bonded restoration – a treatment option that can smooth over imperfections and even brighten your teeth. But – is it right for you? Here’s a look at this popular dental treatment.
What Is Bonding?
Tooth bonding involves the application of a composite resin material directly to your teeth. It can be used for a variety of reasons.
• Repair of chipped or fractured teeth;
• Repair of decayed teeth as an alternative to amalgam fillings;
• Cosmetic improvement for discoloured teeth;
• Filling in gaps between teeth, or building up small teeth;
• Covering the tooth root that is exposed when the gums recede.
In making veneers, the dentist makes a mould, and the veneer is made in a laboratory before being applied to the teeth. Bonding is a simpler procedure, and can be performed in the dentist’s office. The resin can be applied and then adjusted to create the perfect shape and colour to match with the surrounding teeth.
What Can I Expect?
The bonding procedure is relatively quick and easy, typically taking about half an hour to an hour. Unless it’s being used for a decayed tooth, you probably won’t need anesthesia.
1. A composite resin closest to the surrounding teeth will be used.
2. The surface of the tooth is slightly etched or roughened – this improved the bond.
3. Then, the tooth is coated with a liquid that conditions the surface.
4. The resin is applied, similar to a putty in texture.
5. Your dentist will then smooth and mould it to just the right shape.
6. Once the tooth is properly shaped, a laser is used to harden the material.
7. Final adjustments to the shape are made after the resin is hardened.
8. The final step involved polishing the tooth to match the rest.
How Do I Care For My Bonded Tooth?
After bonding, you should avoid eating or drinking foods likely to stain teeth, such as red wine or dark berries, for at least 48 hours. In general, you want to be sure to maintain proper hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly.
Remember that the bonded tooth isn’t as strong as natural tooth material. That means you want to be extra careful, not just when it comes to accidents, but even with habits like biting your nails, which can whittle away the material over time.
Is Bonding Right For My Teeth?
Your dentist is the right person to answer that question, which will take into account the condition of your teeth and other factors. Looking for advice on bonding or any other area of your dental health to focus on? You’ll find the answer at Dr. Robert Axelrad’s Dental Office in Brampton, ON.
If you’re looking for a well-regarded and highly skilled dentist in the Brampton area, make an appointment with Dr. Robert Axelrad by calling (905)-791-3867. Visit our website to learn more about our dental services.