Composite Tooth Bonding
If one or several of your teeth show slight imperfections that get in the way of a beautiful smile, our Dimension Dentists can perform tooth bonding for precise re-contouring. Tooth bonding is considered a cosmetic/restorative dentistry treatment where a bonding material is applied to a tooth to cover defects, improve structure, and enhance appearance.
Tooth Bonding Repairs
Tooth bonding can be used to repair a wide variety of common structural and cosmetic dental problems. Our dentists may recommend dental bonding if you have:
- Tooth breakage
- Tooth chips
- Small cracks in teeth
- Minor tooth discoloration
- Small spaces between teeth
- Short teeth that need lengthening
- Crooked/misshapen teeth
Tooth bonding is generally done for minor tooth issues. If you have moderate to severe tooth damage, you may require a more durable, protective restoration such as a porcelain inlay/onlay or a dental crown.
The Tooth Bonding Procedure
During your tooth bonding appointment, your Dimension Dentist will use a shade guide to select the appropriate color. The tooth surfaces are roughened slightly and treated with an etching solution to facilitate the bonding process.
It is then time for the bonding material to be applied, which goes on your tooth in the form of a paste. Your dentist then gently sculpts the bonding paste to achieve a shape that looks great and fits your bite well. Most bonding patients will not require anesthesia, though it may be used in cases where decay removal is necessary.
After achieving just the right dimensions, your dentist will cure the dental bonding material with a special hardening lamp and any further contouring is performed. Finally, the remade tooth is polished for a natural appearance.
Additional Tooth Bonding Information
Bonding is such an easy choice because it is inexpensive, takes just one visit to complete, and requires no recovery period. Bonding material typically breaks down more rapidly than custom lab-crafted restorations, so it is not usually recommended on biting surfaces that receive high pressure. Most dental bondings will need renewing after five to ten years.