The term dental bonding describes a dental procedure that is used for various purposes. Tooth-colored composite resins can be applied to teeth for cosmetic reasons, to repair cracked and chipped teeth, protect exposed tooth roots against decay, or restore decayed teeth.
What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Dental Bonding?
For cosmetic purposes dental bonding can dramatically improve your smile by closing gaps, masking stains caused by coffee, tea, tobacco, or medications as well as repairing cracks or chips resulting from accidents.
These tooth-colored composites are well suited for protecting exposed tooth roots caused by gum recession. Tooth roots are covered by dentin that is more susceptible to decay and tooth sensitivity. Dental bonding helps prevent decay in this area as well as eliminate sensitivity to hot and cold resulting from root exposure.
Since composite materials can match the color of your own teeth, dental bonding is preferred for filling cavities in the front teeth or wherever else they may be visible.
Dental bonding does not last as long as porcelain veneers, but it also is not as costly.
What's Involved In The Dental Bonding Procedure?
Usually the process is completed during one visit and may not require drilling or anesthesia. First, your tooth is prepared with an etching solution to help the dental bonding materials adhere.
Next, a color matched resin is applied and contoured to the proper shape and anatomy, then cured with either a special light or chemical treatment. The tooth is then polished for a natural-looking appearance. A follow-up appointment may be recommended for additional polishing.
How Do I Care For My Teeth After Dental Bonding?
While the dental bonding materials are very durable, they still can chip and may need to be replaced periodically. Avoid excessive pressure such as chewing ice, hard candy or unpopped popcorn kernels. Dental bonding materials are susceptible to staining from tobacco, coffee, tea and berries. Alcohol and acid-containing foods such as vinegar, tomatoes or pineapple can also erode the resin over time.
Regular dental check-ups are important for maintaining good dental health and natural-looking teeth.