Dental bonding is a relatively simple procedure that can be used for either cosmetic or restorative purposes. Bonding can improve both your appearance and your oral health.
Why You Might Consider Dental Bonding
Bonding can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance. There may be a stain on the tooth, or the tooth may be chipped or cracked. A damaged or unattractive tooth will look much nicer with dental bonding. If there is a noticeable gap between your teeth, tooth bonding can correct this issue as well.
Bonding can also be used if you have a cavity. The material is healthier and more attractive than old-fashioned silver fillings. If you already have an old filling, your dentist can remove it and replace it with this newer option.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
A special resin material is chosen or mixed to perfectly match your tooth. Your tooth’s surface needs to be carefully prepared, so the material will adhere properly. The material will be applied to the tooth and shaped properly. The resin will be hardened into place with either a chemical process or a special light. Your dentist will then smooth and polish the newly-mended tooth.
In most cases, it only takes one visit to complete the bonding process. Unless a considerable amount of drilling is needed due to a cavity, anesthesia is not usually necessary for the tooth bonding process.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
If you choose dental bonding to repair a damaged tooth, your teeth and your smile will look much nicer. An imperfect tooth does not need to spoil your overall appearance or your self-confidence.
If bonding is used to correct gaps, chips, or cavities, it can help improve your oral health. Home oral care is easier when your teeth are in good condition.
In some cases, dental bonding can be a useful way to avoid other, more expensive dental work. Depending on your situation, bonding may be an alternative to dental braces or veneers. Bonding costs less, and it is a simple process.
How Do You Care for Your Bonded Tooth?
A bonded tooth does not require special care. Continue your usual home oral care routine, and always use ADA-approved products. Oral care is essential, so you do not develop a cavity in the tooth.
Enjoy a nutritious, balanced diet, but avoid beverages and foods that can stain or discolor your teeth. Do not use any tobacco products either.
If you have a cavity or a tooth that does not look its best, call us today to schedule an appointment. We can examine the affected tooth, and help you decide if tooth bonding is the most appropriate option for you.
With this simple process, there is no reason to be embarrassed over an imperfect tooth. You do not need to avoid smiling or cover your mouth when you speak. You will be proud of your healthy, beautiful teeth.
In need of immediate care?
Dr. Rigby provides emergency phone consultation services after working hours and on weekends. Call (330) 666-7800