For patients seeking an affordable, simple solution for their dental issues, dental bonding can help. Bonding involves using a tooth-colored resin on the defective tooth. This resin will improve your tooth's strength and looks. East Highland Dental patients love bonding since it's a simple, non-invasive procedure. Keep in mind that dental bonding does have its share of benefits and limitations.
Why Does Someone Need A Root Canal?
The main reasons you will need a root canal is to stop the pain and to save a tooth. Your teeth can become infected. When the infection arrives, it can spread to the tooth center, also known as the dental pulp. Your dental pulp houses many sensitive nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels. So if bacteria can penetrate this area, a lot of pain will come about. When this occurs, immediate treatment is the best course of action.
What's Bonding Used For?
Primarily, bonding is useful for cosmetic issues. The great thing also is that dental bonding provides many functional and health benefits. At East Highland Dental, our office can use bonding for:
Dental emergencies for both kids and adults
Chip and cracked tooth damage
Protection against a receding gum line
Closing embarrassing tooth gaps
Making short teeth appear longer
Cover the appearance of misshapen or crooked teeth
Hide discolored teeth
Protecting exposed tooth roots
Dental Bonding Procedure
A hallmark feature of cosmetic dental bonding is its simplicity. Bonding is a quick, painless treatment that needs minimal prep. The majority of the procedures don't require anesthesia either.
At East Highland Dental, Dr. Shah will use a shade guide to help choose the best resin color to match your natural teeth. The dentist will then prep your tooth surface by roughing it. This prep helps the resin adhere to the problem tooth.
The next step is the use of a conditioning liquid. This liquid allows for a holdfast bond. Next, the composite resin, which is soft and gum-like, is molded onto the tooth. The dentist will then shape the resin to the needed shape. After this, a blue UV light or laser is focused on the area to speed up the bonding. Then some polishing of the site will complete the process. Expect this whole process to last thirty minutes to an hour per tooth.
With the bonding completed, there are some post-care instructions patients need to follow. To ensure a successful bonding procedure, our office recommends:
Brush twice a day along with flossing after each meal
Avoid chewing on hard foods like ice and nuts
Stay away from tooth-staining foods like coffee and wine for the first forty-eight hours
Does Bonding Have Any Limitations?
Yes, dental bonding, with its many great benefits, does have its limitations as well. Patients considering bonding should be aware that it:
Not Super Strong as regular enamel or porcelain. The resin in bonding is easier to chip off.
Less durability in comparison to other dental restorations. Composite resin bonding can last a maximum of several years. Compare that to dental implants, which can last decades to a lifetime.
Not as stain-resistant as enamel or porcelain. The resin material is more porous and will retain stains if you eat dark-colored foods.
Can Cosmetic Dental Bonding Fix A Child's Chipped Tooth?
Yes, it can! Bonding is perfectly safe and effective in fixing any chips or cracks on your child's teeth.
Is The Bonding Procedure Uncomfortable?
Bonding is one of the more comfortable dental procedures since its non-invasive. There's no need to drill or penetrate any soft tissues in the treatment. The dentist will only need to roughen your tooth surface, which is not painful at all.
Can Bonding Fix Tooth Gaps?
For many patients that are short on time or want an affordable solution, bonding is the best choice to fix tooth gaps. Unlike other restoration procedures like crowns or veneers, bonding can be done in a less costly day.
Does Bonding Reshape Teeth?
If your mouth has misshapen teeth, bonding will help immensely. Our dentist can apply the resin material and shape it to match your other teeth. The resin allows for a consistent, uniform look on your smile. Patients no longer have to suffer from a smile they aren't proud of due to odd-shaped teeth.
Does Cosmetic Bonding Help With Teeth Staining?
Bonding is great at covering your teeth stains. East Highland Dental recommends first to try a whitening procedure. If the stains are too deep, then bonding will help.
Is Dental Bonding Affordable?
For patients on a budget, bonding is a viable option for dental restorations. Since the whole procedure is done in the office, there is no need for costlier items like dental lab work.
Is Bonding Permanent?
Since bonding can be reversed, it is not a permanent solution. The benefit is that if patients decide to change course with their dental work in the future, it can be done now. So if you want to try an alternative treatment like crowns or veneers, we can help with that.
So if you're looking to improve your smile, call East Highland Dental today. Our office excels at creating new smiles that you will love for many years to come.