What is dental bonding? Sometimes also known as tooth bonding, it’s a cosmetic dental procedure for those who need chipped, cracked, or broken teeth repaired. It may also be performed on teeth that are discolored, teeth that have gaps, or even to make a tooth the same size as another.
The “bond” of dental bonding is made from a composite resin. Going over the place on the tooth that’s needed repair and in turn, making it appear brand new.
Not to be confused with a dental crown, which is typically used for fillings. Dental bonding is made to match the color of the natural tooth so that it blends in.
Why choose dental bonding, even for a small chip?
Not only does fixing chips and cracks enhance your smile, but it’s important for your oral health as well. Helping to ensure you can bite down and chew food properly without causing further damage to the tooth. Which in turn could affect your surrounding teeth and overall oral health.
Who Needs Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is needed for patients who have teeth with minor injuries, but that are also not decayed.
If a patient has lost a tooth, or a lot of teeth, or their tooth is severely damaged, a dental implant may be needed instead of dental bonding. Dental implants are used to entirely replace the tooth and it’s root. This is done by using a dental implant and porcelain crown.
Also, dental bonding is a good option for those who are already comfortable with the natural color of their teeth. Meaning if you want your teeth whiter in the future, you should get that done before receiving dental bonding.
The cosmetic dentist will match the bond color to your natural teeth and if you have them whitened after bonding, they will no longer match. As your natural enamel can lighten, but the bond can’t change color.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
If you’re looking for dental bonding, or teeth bonding in Virginia, Dental Masters provides a same day procedure that gets you out the door with a perfect smile. No anesthesia is even needed, unless a filling or enamel removal is performed. Also, it may be needed if your chip has been damaged near a nerve.
The first step includes matching the perfect composite resin color to your natural tooth. You’ll want them to be as similar as possible. The cosmetic dentist should have a chart to ensure the coloring will match.
Next, your existing tooth should be prepared to bond with the composite resin. This is done by first creating a rough surface for the bonding agent to apply to. The rough texture allows the liquid and composite both to stick easier.
After that, the dentist should add the composite resin directly to the surface of the tooth and work to mold it in place and repair what needs to be covered. Everything is then dried using a UV light.
If the end result isn’t the exact shape you were wanting, the tooth resin can be reshaped in the future after completely drying.
Are there risks?
Receiving dental bonding is a simple, safe and in-out procedure. There are no risks involved. Not like veneers, where your natural tooth’s enamel is ground down permanently.
If your dental resin is damaged, fixing it isn’t a big worry and not as intense as losing a veneer.
Composite resin used during the process is also known to be stronger against chipping, or breaks compared to dental veneers and crowns.
The Aftercare Process
Though the composite resin used for dental bonding is strong, nothing compares to the strength of your natural teeth and it’s enamel. That’s why the proper aftercare of a tooth is important.
We recommend that our patients who receive dental bonding in Virginia avoid certain tasks, such as:
- Chewing on ice, or other objects.
- Eating hard foods, or candy regularly.
Not only are these things not good for teeth with dental bonding, but they’re not great for your natural teeth either. Avoiding them when you can, especially if you’re prone to chipping or breaking teeth, is in your best interest.
Also, when comparing the resin to your natural teeth, another thing to realize is that it’s more prone to staining. If you’re someone who consumes a lot of coffee, or dark beverages, or if you smoke regularly then you may be susceptible to long-term discoloration.
This is an important factor to take into consideration because once composite resin becomes stained, you can’t really whiten it back to its original color. Meaning unless you have it replaced, then the discoloration is there to stay.
If you want to whiten your teeth after the procedure, that is still possible. It won’t harm it, but you may see a difference in color between your natural teeth and the resin.
In conclusion: whitening teeth can look different for each patient. It’s a good idea to have them whitened before having your resin color matched to your natural teeth. Especially if the bond will be on the front showing teeth.
Dental Bonding in Virginia
Though our natural teeth are generally strong, they’re definitely not completely indestructible. Dental bonding creates an option for patients who need to fix their cracked, chipped, or spaced out teeth.
Not only is our process in Virginia painless, it lasts for a long time and it can be done during a same day appointment.
The process is meant for teeth that are healthy, but have received minor damage or trauma.
You should speak to your cosmetic dentist about whitening your teeth before matching your bond color if it’s something you might want to address in the future.
If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist in Virginia to receive dental bonding, contact the Dental Masters today!