What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses a natural-looking composite resin material to reshape broken, chipped, stained or malformed teeth. Because bonding requires minimal enamel reduction and very little preparation, and offers immediate results, it is a popular choice for both dentists and patients.
What is the material used in dental bonding?
The composite resin used in dental bonding is comprised of plastic, along with various fillers and modifiers to add strength, durability and perfect color matching potential.
Bonding material is not as translucent as the dental porcelain used for veneers and crowns, but it can be very well-matched to your natural tooth color. A slightly different form of dental bonding is used for white fillings.
What happens during the bonding process?
Very little preparation is necessary. Dr. Ted Murray will first perform a color match so your final result will look natural. Next, the tooth’s surface is roughened, and Dr. Murray applies a conditioning liquid. Both steps help the bonding material adhere to the tooth.
The bonding material is applied incrementally, then molded and smoothed until the desired shape is achieved. A curing light hardens the bonding material in a few seconds. Then Dr. Murray spends a few more minutes buffing and polishing for a perfect match to the rest of your teeth. Overall, bonding for one tooth takes thirty to sixty minutes.
Does the bonding process require anesthesia?
Not usually. So little tooth enamel is removed that the tooth’s nerve is not impacted at all.
Is dental bonding safe and effective?
Dental bonding has been used by dental professionals for many years, and remains a top treatment for correcting common smile flaws. A popular alternative to dental bonding is porcelain veneers.
How long does dental bonding last?
That depends on how much bonding you received and how well you care for your teeth. Generally speaking, bonding material lasts three to ten years. Then the bonding can be touched up or new bonding can be done.
One word of caution: Bonding can chip. Avoid biting your fingernails, chewing on hard objects like pencils or ice, or using your teeth to open cans.
Is there any special maintenance necessary for bonded teeth?
A regimen of excellent at-home brushing and flossing is all that is needed to care for your bonded teeth. Don’t forget to visit Exceptional Dentistry about every six months for regular cleanings and dental checkups.
What can dental bonding do for you? Please call 563-556-2711 or email our cosmetic dentistry office to learn more. Exceptional Dentistry serves Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Davenport, Iowa, as well as Galena, Illinois.