If you have a discolored, chipped, or decayed tooth, bonding is a suitable procedure to repair it. Our professional dentists at Geelan Dental Care can provide this procedure to restore your tooth’s natural shape. The best part about this procedure is everything can be done in one visit. This is different from veneers which require lab fabrication before installation.
Apart from the reasons mentioned above, bonding is also suitable for persons which huge spaces between teeth which require closing down. It’s also used to change the color or shape of teeth. In some instances, bonding can be used to protect the tooth’s root after its left exposed due to gum recession.
Once you come in for the bonding procedure, our dentists will prepare your oral cavity by administering local anesthesia. Often, this is required in cases where the affected tooth has a cavity. In this case, the tooth will require drilling to adjust its shape. Next, our dentists will use a shade guide to select the perfect composite resin that matches the tooth’s color.
After choosing the color, the tooth will be roughened to allow for coat application. This conditioning liquid will help the bonding material to adhere to the tooth. Next, the resin which matches the tooth color will be applied and modeled to fit the tooth. It’ll also be smoothened to achieve the perfect shape and laser light, often blue in color will be used to harden the bonding material.
The Final Touches
The next step involves polishing the material to match it to the sheen of the entire tooth surface. This whole process will take anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Also, if you need bonding on more than a single tooth, then you may need to come in for multiple visits.
Bonding comes with several benefits, the best being the cost of the procedure. Of all the cosmetic dental procedures, bonding is the least expensive. One of the reasons is because you only need a single visit to complete the procedure. This is different from crowns and veneers, which must be fabricated in a lab before application.
The other advantage is the amount of enamel removed. Bonding requires minimal enamel removal, which differs from crowns and veneers. However, this will vary from one patient to another because in some cases, the tooth in question may have a cavity, and this will require administration of local anesthesia. Otherwise, it’s unnecessary.
You’ll also want to know that dental bonding is suitable for minor cosmetic changes, correcting teeth located in low bite pressure areas such as the front teeth and for correcting cosmetic defects. Nevertheless, it’s always vital to consult with our dentists to choose the best procedure for your specific condition.
After bonding, you can expect the material to last up to ten years before you can go back for a replacement or touch up. However, the lifespan will be affected by the quality of the bonding and your overall oral habits. Get in touch with us Geelan Dental Care at (971) 323-1990 for more information on tooth bonding.