What is Bonding?
Bonding is a procedure that involves applying a tooth-colored composite material onto the tooth to restore minor cracks, chips or fractures. The composite material is added to the tooth, shaped, hardened with use of a special light, and then polished for optimal appearance. The end result is a tooth that appears to be 100 percent natural and that functions fully again. Bonding is also done as a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of discolored or stained teeth. Composite dental bonding is used as a more cost-effective restorative dental procedure to treat minor repairs or cosmetic fixes.
The Process of Bonding a Tooth
The dental bonding procedure itself is not a very complex one and generally does not require much preparation. In fact, anesthesia is usually not even necessary unless the composite bonding is being used to fill an area of decay. Prior to beginning your tooth bonding we will match a shade of composite to your existing natural tooth color. Additionally, the tooth to be bonded will be cleaned thoroughly, roughened and conditioned so that the composite will successfully adhere to the tooth's surface.
The tooth-colored resin will then be applied, sculpted, smoothed and molded into the desired shape. We will then use an ultra-violet light to harden the material and further trim the material to its final form. To complete the process the tooth will be polished to match the sheen of the natural surrounding teeth.
The overall process of composite dental bonding is a rather quick one taking on average a brief 30-60 minutes.
Things to Keep in Mind if Considering Composite Dental Bonding
As is common with many restorative dental procedures, composite dental bonding may over time crack or chip. The material is not as durable as crowns or porcelain veneers, it does not have as long of an expected lifespan and so the patient must expect natural wear over time. Though the composite material is somewhat stain resistant it is more susceptible to stains and discoloration than alternative options. For this reason composite bonding is not a procedure that we recommend if the patient is a smoker, as this particular material tends to stain more easily then alternative solution options.
However, dental bonding does offer an affordable, fast and effective solution to many dental problems. It is most commonly recommended for temporary correction of cosmetic defects, small cosmetic changes, and for repair or correction of teeth in areas with low bite pressure (anterior teeth).
If you have a dental problem that you are concerned about seeking treatment for due to potential cost, pain or time involved in the procedure please call us today at (541) 604-2900. It is never recommended that you put off having a dental procedure done for any of these reasons, as doing so could possibly result in a more serious issue that may become more costly, painful and time consuming. Composite dental bonding could offer just the perfect solution for you! Give us a call today to discuss your dental bonding options and to schedule your examination.