When you need an economical method for repairing a chipped tooth, tooth bonding is a proven way to restore the original appearance of your smile. During tooth bonding procedures, our Carmichael dentists use the same composite resin that we apply to fillings. Although not as durable as ceramic veneers, this material is a good choice when only a single tooth is affected.
What to Expect from Tooth Bonding
Bonding procedures are usually very straightforward, since little preparation of the tooth is required. Local anesthetic is seldom needed, meaning you don’t need to worry about needles, and most patients do fine with just a topical anesthesia. As with a filling, you can choose to take the rest of the day off or head back to work when the bonding process is complete.
Steps for Tooth Bonding
- Your dentist starts the bonding procedure by slightly roughing up the damaged area of your tooth.
- A liquid is applied that helps the bonding material attach securely to the enamel.
- Next the dentist applies the composite resin, which is then shaped to mimic the original contour of your tooth.
- A UV light is used to harden the resin.
- Tooth polishing makes the resin match the appearance of your enamel.
It needs to be remembered that bonding material is not as strong as tooth enamel. So if bad habits led to the chipped tooth, the repair will last far longer if you alter your behavior. Our dentists can provide help if you need assistance.
For more information about tooth bonding, talk to our friendly staff during your next visit, or contact the Marconi Dental Group directly online or by telephone.