Have you suffered a chipped or fractured tooth? Or do you have a tooth that’s changed color? If so, you may benefit from an inexpensive method of tooth repair known as dental bonding, or tooth bonding.
What Is Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding is a procedure in which a durable plastic material called a resin is applied to a damaged or discolored tooth. The color of the resin can be matched to the color of a tooth (or surrounding teeth). A dentist uses a special light to harden the resin, eventually bonding it to the tooth to improve the tooth’s appearance.
At the Marconi Dental Group, we use bonding to:
- repair decayed teeth
- repair teeth that have been chipped or cracked
- Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- Close a gap between teeth
- Change the length or shape of a tooth
- Help protect a root that has been exposed
In most cases, it’s almost impossible to distinguish a bonded tooth from your real teeth.
While dental veneers last much longer, bonding is a less expensive alternative that can be completed in a single visit to our Sacramento dental office.
Tooth Bonding Procedure
First, your dentist will choose a composite resin color that best matches your tooth or the surrounding teeth. Then, your tooth is cleaned and prepared to accept the resin. Next, the dentist applies the resin and gently molds it to the desired shape.
Now comes the actual “bonding”: A special light is used to harden the material into place. If needed, the dentist can apply more material and repeat the process. The dentist then shapes the tooth until it attains just the right appearance, after which he or she gives it a final polish. The entire procedure typically lasts no longer than an hour.
Caring for Bonded Teeth
You can care for bonded teeth the same way as your natural teeth—by brushing and flossing daily.
It’s important to know that the composite resin that is bonded to your tooth will absorb stains (like those caused by smoking and drinking coffee or tea), just like your natural teeth. However, tooth whitening procedures will not improve the appearance of a bonded tooth, as bonding material cannot be lightened.
Since the material that makes up a bonded tooth is not as strong as tooth enamel, a bonded tooth will chip more easily than a natural tooth. Because of this, it’s best to resist biting down on hard objects (like pens or ice) with bonded teeth. You should also avoid putting undue force on bonded teeth, such as by biting your nails or using your teeth to open a package.
There’s good news, though: If you take good care of your bonded teeth, they can easily last 10 years and possibly longer.
Would you like to learn if dental bonding would be right for you? If so, contact the Marconi Dental Group today—your Sacramento tooth bonding specialists.