Dental Gaps, Chips, Cracks and other Cosmetic Dental Problems
A dental procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied to the tooth, and cured with a visible, blue light. This ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth and improves the overall appearance of your smile.
Trouble-Free Tooth Repair: Dental Bonding
When your dental concerns warrant repair to correct tooth gaps, chips, cracks, and other cosmetic dental irregularities, Dr. Koch, of Advanced Dental Care of Jasper, Texas, may recommend a procedure known as dental bonding. To perform dental bonding, Dr. Koch uses a tooth-colored resin composite. He applies the composite to your teeth then hardens it with a special light created for the bonding procedure. The light activates the resin causing it to adhere to the tooth. Dental bonding easily restores and corrects your smile.
When is Dental Bonding Appropriate?
If during your regular dental examination, Dr. Koch discovers any of the following conditions, he may recommend dental bonding:
- You have a decayed tooth
- You have a chipped or cracked tooth
- You have a discolored tooth
- You have teeth with gaps or spaces
- You have teeth that appear too short
What is involved in the Dental Bonding Procedure?
Unlike other dental procedures, dental bonding to restore a chipped tooth or a cracked tooth requires an insignificant amount of preparation. Normally, the use of anesthesia is not necessary unless Dr. Koch is using dental bonding to repair a decayed tooth. To maintain the natural look of your smile, Dr. Koch selects a composite resin shade that closely matches the color of your tooth.
The initial step of the dental bonding procedure requires Dr. Koch to roughen the surface of your tooth and apply a conditioning liquid. This process allows the dental bonding material to readily adhere to the surface of your tooth. Then, he applies a tooth-colored, putty-like resin, molding it and smoothing it into a contoured shape suited for your tooth. After the resin composite is in place, Dr. Koch hardens the material with an especially-design ultraviolet light. Once the material has hardened, Dr. Koch evaluates the look and shape of the resin. If needed, he will trim the resin to create a more natural look. Finally, Dr. Koch polishes the newly applied resin to match the sheen of the rest of the surface of your tooth. Normally, the time allocated for the dental bonding procedure is between 30 to 60 minutes to complete, per tooth.
Are there Advantages to Dental Bonding?
One of the advantages that leads many patients to dental boding is that it is one of the easiest and least costly of all cosmetic dental procedures. Other cosmetic dental procedures, such as veneers and crowns, may require manufacturing in a laboratory. The dental bonding procedures usually requires only one office visit. Dental bonding enables Dr. Koch to save more of the enamel of your own tooth, unlike procedures involving veneers and crowns, and as previously mentioned, the use of anesthesia is usually not required for the dental bonding procedure, unless the restorative process requires Dr. Koch to repair a cavity.
Because of the advantages associated with dental bonding, Dr. Koch recommends dental bonding for small, restorative corrections to repair cracked or chipped teeth, and to correct teeth in areas with low bite pressure, for instance, your front teeth.
Will Dental Bonding Warrant Special Dental Care?
Advanced Dental Care always recommends good dental health practices to maintain your overall good oral health. The same practices are applicable for the care of your teeth that received dental bonding. For example, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and visit our office for regular professional check upsand dental cleanings.
One consideration as to special dental care required after dental bonding is that bonding materials can chip; therefore, you should no longer
- bite your fingernails
- chew on pens, ice, or other hard food objects
- use your bonded teeth as a bottle opener
If your bonded tooth becomes jagged or feels unusual when you bite down, please contact our office immediately.
Is Dental Bonding Permanent?
The resin composite used in your dental bonding procedure usually lasts from three to ten years; however, this time-frame depends on the amount of bonding you initially needed and how you maintained your bonded teeth over the years. Again, proper dental practices help to maximize the durability of your dental bonding.
Is Dental Bonding Cost Effective?
The cost of dental bonding fluctuates, as do most dental treatments. You will want to check with your dental insurance provider to determine coverage allowed for dental bonding in your dental plan. In most cases, insurance dental plans provide for either full or partial coverage for dental bonding.
What Can I Expect?
As with any cosmetic dental procedure, you can expect excellent results. For instance, consider your cracked or chipped tooth that prevented you from smiling? Gone! At Advanced Dental Care, we create a very natural looking smile for you by maintaining the integrity of your natural teeth. Our dental bonding repair will match in the size, shape, and color of your own teeth. What can you expect? You can expect dental bonding to be a safe and simple procedure that leaves you smiling.