What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a procedure that utilizes a durable resin material to fill spaces, holes, and cracks in teeth. The color of the bonding material can be adjusted to match the tooth it will be applied to. It is a quick and cost effective solution, so for this reason it has become a practical option for many simple tooth repairs. Here are a few of the most common applications for dental bonding:
Chipped teeth – Teeth have been known to become chipped in a variety of ways; a chip may occur from biting down on something that is very hard which breaks off a piece of the tooth, or by getting hit in the mouth accidentally where the impact can cause a chip.
Cracked teeth – Similar to the cause of a chipped tooth, a tooth can easily become cracked from biting down on a hard object. All too often, in the absence of proper tools, people tend to resort to using their teeth to try to bend or break something, but unfortunately the only thing that ends up breaking is their tooth. As strong as our teeth may seem to be, they are still vulnerable and need to be treated with care. Quite often patients with cracks in their teeth are surprised by how easily they occurred.
Filling cavities – Since the bonding material can be customized to match the color of the tooth, it has become widely used as an alternative to amalgam fillings, being that it blends in with the tooth which is more cosmetically appealing.
Close a gap between teeth – When some patients are unhappy with the appearance of a gap in between their teeth, dental bonding is an affordable option that can fill the space and provide a natural looking result.
To shape teeth – Some patients are bothered by irregular shaped teeth, and dental bonding can be used to provide a symmetric appearance to all of their teeth. It can be used, for example, to provide length to short teeth, or to make all the teeth even with each other.
To protect the tooth’s root – Some patients can be overly zealous with their tooth brushing routine, and brush too hard and for too long. Excessive scrubbing of a tooth with a hard toothbrush can wear away the enamel. As an example, part of the tooth that meets the gum line can been worn away, creating a small ridge between the tooth and the gum, and exposing a part of the tooth’s root. This area can become sensitive, and dental bonding can restore protection to the root by building up the wall of the tooth where the enamel was lost.
How is dental bonding applied?
Dental bonding is a straightforward procedure that requires very little preparation, and the only case when anesthesia may be needed is for filling a cavity caused by tooth decay.
To begin, the dentist will use a shade chart to find the color of bonding material that is the best match to the patient’s tooth.
Next, to help the bonding composite adhere to the tooth, the dentist will slightly roughen the surface of the tooth and then apply a liquid used for conditioning.
At this point the bonding material will be in a soft putty-like form, so that it can be applied, molded into shape on the tooth, and then smoothed out.
Once the dentist is happy with the placement, he will use a specialized light to quickly dry and harden the putty. He will then fine tune the appearance and feel of the bonding by trimming, shaping, and polishing it to match the look and shine of the tooth.
The length of time required varies depending on the specific needs of the patient, but on average dental bonding commonly takes 30 to 60 minutes per tooth. Smaller procedures that require a little touch up can take even less time, and there is commonly no discomfort experienced during the procedure.
Give us a call
If you think that you can benefit from dental bonding, give us a call at The Accolade Dental Centre for an informative consultation.