What Is Dental Bonding?

May 8, 2020

We love to see you smile! Don’t shy away from sharing because of minor imperfections. Cosmetic dentistry has something for everyone, and tooth bonding may be your ticket to a sparkling toothy grin!

What Is Bonding?

Dental bonding is the application of a natural-looking composite resin to mend a chipped, fractured, decayed, or discolored tooth or teeth. As the name suggests, the material bonds to the tooth and is typically done in one visit.

What Are The Benefits?

The simple process of bonding is one of the most cost-effective cosmetic dental procedures available. The resin material used in bonding can be molded and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Most often, bonding is used for aesthetic purposes and can fix or improve the following issues:

  • Decayed teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Space between teeth
  • Irregular shape or length of teeth

Are There Risks?

There are no major risks associated with tooth bonding. It should be noted that the composite resin is not as strong as your natural teeth. Chipping or breakage can occur if you have the habit of chewing on hard items like ice, hard candy, pens, or pencils. If you drink coffee or smoke, you may develop discoloration without proper care and cleaning.

What Is The Process?

  • Examination – Our staff will discuss the best options available and take any needed x-rays or scans. We’ll also cover financial responsibility and ensure that we answer any questions you might have.
  • Preparation – The tooth’s surface is roughened before the dentist uses a conditioning liquid to help the bonding material adhere to the tooth.
  • Application – The resin is molded and smoothed to the desired shape. The dentist uses ultraviolet light to harden the material before trimming, shaping, and polishing it to match your natural teeth.

Fenton Family Dentistry will work with you to determine the best course of action and prescribe a unique treatment that meets your needs. Dr. Nieva and the entire team at Fenton Family Dentistry are focused on providing every patient with exceptional service and care. Learn more, schedule an appointment or contact us with any questions you have.