In dentistry, bonding refers to the process of attaching dental material to your teeth with adhesives and a curing light. At Tran Family Dentistry & Associates, we use a resin composite material to fill cavities and fix cosmetic issues. Most patients are candidates for composite bonding, and find the procedure easy and effective. Composite bonding offers long-lasting results that improve your smile in just one visit.
Why composite bonding?
Composite bonding can be used to treat some cosmetic issues. It can be used to correct chipped, fractured, misshaped, or gapped teeth. Composite resin can be shaped and colored to match the existing appearance of your tooth.
Bonding is often considered a conservative alternative to porcelain veneers. Veneers are another cosmetic appliance that requires a reshaping of your teeth, and several office visits. Veneers are also more expensive. Composite bonding is cost-effective and requires little preparation.
Is composite bonding right for you?
Composite bonding is an effective form of treatment for many patients. However, certain issues may require other procedures. Patients with a crooked smile caused by an over or underbite, will not benefit from cosmetic bonding. Location is also a factor. Teeth that must withstand a high bite pressure are usually not suitable for composite treatment. Bonding is primarily for patients with cosmetic issues in the anterior (front) area of their mouth. Tooth bonding can be a great option for small repairs.
Composite Bonding Procedure
Before the procedure, your dentist will help you decide if composite bonding is right for you. He will review any issues that may affect the success and longevity of your composite bonding. If you are using bonding to lengthen or change the shape of your tooth, we may take an impression.
During the procedure, a portion of your tooth will be roughened, using a Dremel-like tool, to increase the strength of the bond. The bonding material is applied and molded to match the appearance of your teeth. Resin composite can be virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth. Once your dentist is pleased with the shape and look, we will use a curing light to harden the material. You may be asked several times to bite down so that we can remove excess composite. The composite will then be polished to prevent staining and improve esthetics.
Caring for a Tooth With Composite Bonding
After the procedure, you may feel a strange or unnatural sensation. It may take several days for you to adjust to the new shape of your tooth. You may also have sensitivity issues. Your dentist will provide you with instructions for proper care and maintenance. You should brush and floss at least twice a day. Schedule regular check-ups so we can perform cleanings and monitor your restoration. Make sure to avoid habits that could damage your restoration. Biting your fingernails, or chewing on pen caps can cause the bonding to chip. If you notice any sharp edges, schedule an appointment so we can remedy the problem.
Call Today About Composite Bonding
If you would like to learn more or schedule an appointment, call (206) 212-0394.