Our teeth are probably the most durable parts of our bodies, but accidents do happen and those strong dentures get chipped or cracked. When that happens, it often affects our smiles and can make us feel self-conscious about the damage. Thank goodness for dental bonding, a common procedure used to repair damaged teeth.
Using a tooth-colored resin, the bond is formed around the teeth and “bonds,” looking just like the original damaged section. While not as strong as crowns, bonds are often less expensive and are suited for areas with very low bite pressure. They are typically used to repair parts of damaged teeth or for cosmetic change.
The procedure is relatively simple and can often involve a single office visit unless multiple teeth are involved. Since the procedure is less invasive, it can also be done without anesthesia.
The dentist first uses a shade guide to find the right color resin to use with the affected area of your teeth to blend in. Next, the tooth where the bond will be applied is roughened to help the resin adhere to the tooth.
Shaping and smoothing follow, along with application of an ultraviolet light to harden the resin. Finally, when the area is hardened, your dentist will apply finishing touches to get the bond looking perfect and natural.
What’s really nice about dental bonds is the time it takes to complete the procedure. Usually, unless the area requires more extensive work, the procedure can be completed in 30-60 minutes in the office. When finished, you’ll walk out with a brand new smile.
Bonding can also be used to repair decaying teeth with composite resin to fill in cavities. They are also used to help improve the appearance of discolored teeth.
C & C Dentistry offers dental bonding as one of our many services. We can help by providing an evaluation and assessment of your situation to determine what the right procedure would best serve your situation.
Remember, you can avoid the damage by protecting your teeth using mouth guards or protectors. But when the damage occurs, we’re here ready to help.
Just make an appointment and we can provide you with the best options to consider.