What Is Dental Bonding?
Sadly, dental bonding is not one of our dentists hanging out with you outside the office, but it is a procedure to fix your teeth. This cosmetic dentistry procedure can help you fix your chipped, cracked, or damaged tooth, and it is a very easy procedure. One of our Hometown Dental dentists will cover your damaged tooth in a tooth-colored resin.
But why would you want this procedure done, and what are the steps? Dental bonding is not for every type of cosmetic problem, but when it works, it is a cost-effective option that allows you to flash your new smile.
Why Get a Tooth Bonded?
If your tooth has been impacted by dental trauma and is cracked or discolored, or has suffered decay, then tooth bonding is a good way to get it a cosmetic upgrade. Tooth bonding can also increase the size of a tooth and fill in very small gaps between teeth. There is a lot that it can do, but only if your cosmetic injuries are minor and can be easily covered up.
How Does Tooth Bonding Work?
Once our dentists figure out the shade of your teeth, we pick out a tooth-colored resin that best matches that shade. We put a bonding agent on the surface of the tooth and make sure that it will stick before we add the composite resin. The resin is shaped to exist over the tooth, and then once the entire tooth is covered, the resin is hardened with an ultraviolet light.
The resin hardens and then that is it, the tooth bonding is complete, and there is no downtime. It is also a painless procedure, so there is no anesthesia or sedation required to bond your teeth.
Taking Care of a Bonded Tooth
If you take care of your mouth health and your bonded tooth, then you do not need to worry about anything. Make sure to brush and floss, avoid very hard foods, and visit our team every six months for a dental cleaning. While it is very difficult, you can accidentally break the bonding material of your resin-covered tooth. In that case, you need to speak with our dentist immediately so we can get it fixed.
Getting Dental Bonding Vs a Crown
Other ways that our dentists fix chipped or damaged teeth include using crowns to cover the damage. A crown is a reliable way to cover up an imperfection and protect the tooth from any harm, but they do take a bit more time to install. Resins work the same way, except you can get them done in an afternoon and you can return to your morning routine without any trouble.
If you need dental bonding to fix a cosmetic problem in your mouth, then please contact our Hometown Dental team so we can help answer any questions you might have. Our dentists know how to properly bond the resin to your tooth, so it looks all-natural, and how to help you maintain the resin, so you do not need to worry about it. Call our team at 971-287-3477 and we will be sure to help you out!