Dental bonding is a good restorative process for teeth that are chipped, cracked, fractured, discolored, or traumatized utilizing composite resin material.
Many patients opt for bonding as an alternative to dental veneers. Dental bonding is also used for closing any spaces or gaps between your teeth, making your teeth look longer, and protecting the roots of your tooth that are exposed from gum recession.
The bonding process will typically take just one visit in our Beachwood OH dental office in order to complete. Anesthesia is not usually necessary with dental bonding. After your tooth has been prepared to received the bonding, Dr. Faist will determine the color of the composite resin to closely match the color of your real teeth.
After your tooth has been prepared and the resin color has been chosen, Dr. Faist will apply a conditioning liquid to the surface of your tooth. This step helps the bonding adhere to your tooth, creating the strongest bond possible. After this procedure is complete, the bonding material is applied to your tooth and molded to the shape and size determined by you and Dr. Faist. Next, the resin will be smoothed in order to capture the look and feel of your real teeth. After this is done, a strong halogen light will be employed to harden the bonding material. Finally, your teeth will be polished to match the color and shine of the rest of your teeth.
The results of dental bonding can last for up to ten years.
Some of the many advantages to receiving dental bonding include the following:
Dr. Faist usually recommends dental bonding in cosmetic cases where only minor changes are being made. Dr. Faist also recommends dental bonding in anterior teeth where the biting stresses are not as severe.
Does dental bonding need special care?
If you have received dental bonding it does not need any special care. Following good oral hygiene care by brushing and flossing twice daily, and continuing with regular dental visits with Dr. Faist will allow your bonding to last for many years.
Just like with your real teeth, Dr. Faist does recommend avoiding certain habits that may cause your dental bonding to chip such as:
- Biting your fingernails
- Chewing on objects such as pens
- Chewing on ice
- Using your teeth to open things