14 May Tooth Bonding: What You Need To Know
Tooth bonding is the application of a resin that is the same color of your tooth. A dentist attaches the resin to the surface of the tooth with adhesive and a high-intensity curing light. This is where tooth bonding gets its name. Tooth bonding is mostly a cosmetic dentistry procedure. The primary goal of tooth bonding is to change the appearance of the tooth. Whether the desired effect is to lengthen the tooth or only change the color, bonding can achieve the goals of the patient.
Tooth Bonding Uses
A dentist uses tooth bonding for a variety of reason. The first reason is to fix decaying teeth. There was once a time when only metal could be used to fill in a cavity in a tooth. However, now dentists can use a resin to fill in holes just as efficiently as amalgam. Also, dentists use tooth bonding to repair chipped or cracked teeth. Another common use of bonding is changing the appearance of discolored teeth. Lastly, dentists use bonding to elongate teeth or close gaps between teeth. Most of these procedures offer little in the way of dental benefits; they are mainly for cosmetic and vanity reason. A person’s teeth can be a great source of self-consciousness, and fixing them can allow the to have the carefree smile they want.
Dental Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding is a relatively simple dental procedure. The use of anesthesia is often not necessary unless the problem is a tooth decay. Your dentist will choose a resin that matches your existing teeth. There are two types of dental bonding, direct composite bonding, and adhesive bonding.
Direct composite bonding is the process where dentists use composites that are the same color of your tooth to fill cavities, close gaps between your teeth, build up worn down edges, or repair chips and cracks. A dentist sculpts and applies the composite directly to your teeth. This process is also known as direct composite veneers. Dentists normally use this type of bonding on teeth that are visible when you smile. Because the process is minimally invasive, it takes only a matter of hours.
Adhesive bonding is the process of attaching a composite to a tooth. Dentists use this procedure for crowns, porcelain veneers, inlays, and veneers. First, you dentist with rough up the surface of your tooth with phosphoric acid solution.After the acid, the dentist will place a liquid bonding agent on the tooth. Application of a putty that is the same color of your tooth is the next step. The next step is molding and smoothing of the putty into the shape the dentist desires. Finally, you dentist applies an ultraviolet curing light to set the putty and adhesive. Final touches may occur if the tooth isn’t the exact shape of the rest of your teeth.
Pros and Cons of Tooth Binding
The first advantage of dental bonding is the price. Bonding is one of the more reasonable cosmetic dentistry procedures. The price of tooth bonding ranges from $100 to $400 per tooth. The fact that anesthesia isn’t necessary keeps the price of the visit to a minimum. Dental bonding only takes hours and one visit. Lastly, the enamel on your teeth stays intact.
The biggest con of dental bonding is longevity. The resin isn’t as strong as your teeth and can chip easier. This means that every few years the procedure will have to be redone. Staying away from hard foods can elongate the life of your procedure.
Because of the limitations of dental bonding most dentists see it as a way to repair small imperfections in teeth. Most of the benefits do not last for long, so dentists use it as a temporary fix for minor cosmetic issues. Your dentist can tell you whether or not bonding is right for you, or if you need a more invasive procedure.
Caring for Bonded Teeth
Bonded teeth require the same type of attention that your regular teeth do. Daily brushing and flossing along with regular dental check-ups can keep your entire mouth healthy, not just your bonded teeth. Taking extra precautions with bonded teeth may be wise. Avoid chewing ice, hard candy, biting fingernails, or pens. If you routinely chew hard things, then dental bonding is probably not for you. You should explore other cosmetic dental procedures with you dentist.
Tower Dental Cosmetic Dentistry
Tower dental offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. One of our experienced dentists can help you determine what is best for your overall dental health. Determining the right procedure the first time will save you both time and money. Make an appointment with one of our experienced dentists today and get the smile that you have always dreamed of.