Looking for a dentist to perform bonding? You are in the right place. Loretto Family Dentistry is an experienced dentist who specializes in bonding. Bonding involves the application of a tooth-colored composite resin (or plastic) on your teeth. This procedure got its name from the fact that the materials used "bond" with teeth. In most cases, we use bonding to correct discoloration of teeth and to repair chipped teeth. We can also use bonding to repair tooth cavities, to fill the gaps between teeth, and to change the shape and appearance of teeth.
Bonding is an excellent alternative to amalgam fillings. Dental amalgam is the material traditionally used to fill tooth cavities and has a silver color. Bonding, on the other hand, uses a tooth-colored resin composite. Furthermore, unlike with dental amalgam, with bonding there is no risk of exposure to mercury. Bonding is also an option when treating gum recession. When gums recede, they can expose portions of your teeth's roots. We can use the resin composite to cover exposed roots to shield them against infection.
The Process of Bonding
Tooth bonding is a procedure that takes only one visit, in most cases. Additionally, the procedure requires little preparation. We only use anesthesia if we are using bonding to fill cavities because we need to drill your teeth. Also, anesthesia might be necessary in cases where a chip on your tooth is near the nerves. Different people have different shades of teeth. For that reason, we have to use a shade guide to pick the resin composite that perfectly matches the color of your teeth.
After picking the shade, the procedure starts. To enhance the adherence of the bonding material to your tooth, we have to roughen the surface and apply a conditioning liquid. Then, we apply the bonding material (composite resin), mold it, and smooth it to achieve the desired shape.
We then polish the surface so that it can match the luster of the rest of your teeth. However, before we do that, first, the material has to harden. Fortunately, you do not have to wait long as we expedite the hardening using laser light. Typically, the procedure takes about 30 minutes per tooth.
Advantages of Bonding
Bonding is an easy and quick procedure. It's alternatives, which are crowns and veneers, require manufacturing in a lab, meaning they take several visits to our dental office. However, bonding only requires one visit unless we are dealing with multiple teeth. Additionally, compared to veneers and crowns, bonding involves the removal of minimal amounts of enamel. Plus, as mentioned above, very few cases involve the use of anesthesia.
Furthermore, bonded teeth do not require any special care. You just have to follow basic oral hygiene practices. These include brushing your teeth two times a day, flossing regularly, and visiting us for a professional dental check-up at least once every six months.
Note that oral hygiene is a factor that determines how long the bonding material will last. With good oral hygiene, bonding done at our office can last up to ten years. To book a tooth bonding procedure at Loretto Family Dentistry call (940) 287-3535 now!