Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately "bonds" the material to the tooth to restore or improve a smile.
Bonding is an option that can be considered:
- To repair decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)
- To repair chipped or cracked teeth
- To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- To close spaces between teeth
- To make teeth look longer
- To change the shape of teeth
- As a cosmetic alternative to silver fillings
- To protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede
Preparation: At Tavormina Dentistry we use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your tooth.
The bonding process: Next, the surface of the tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid applied to help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored, putty-like resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. An ultraviolet light or laser is then used to harden the bonding material. After the material is hardened, Dr. Tavormina will further trim and shape it, and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
Advantages: Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike veneers and crowns, bonding usually can be done in one office visit. Another advantage, compared with veneers and crowns, is that the least amount of tooth enamel is removed. Also, unless bonding is being performed to fill a cavity, anesthesia is usually not required.
The Bonding Process Advantages & Disadvantages
Although the material used in bonding is somewhat stain resistant, it does not resist stains as well as crowns. Another disadvantage is that the bonding materials do not last as long nor are as strong as other restorative procedures, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings. Additionally, bonding materials can chip and break off the tooth.
Because of some of the limitations of bonding it is best suited for small cosmetic changes, for temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure (for example, front teeth). Call Tavormina Dentistry about the best cosmetic approach for your particular problem.