Dental bonding is used to fix cosmetic flaws in teeth and can be even be used to replace a damaged tooth structure. Our bonding treatment is a safe, fast and affordable way to fill gaps, hide stains and cracks, and restore chipped or broken teeth. Dr. Tanner uses resin (moldable plastic) to coat existing teeth or replace missing parts in a tooth’s structure. When the resin has hardened and bonded to the existing tooth it blends in beautifully and looks extremely natural.
What can bonding do?
Bonding is a quick and painless way to solve a variety of dental problems. It can be used to:
- Restore chipped or broken teeth
- Hide cracks in teeth
- Whiten dark or stained teeth
- Restore teeth that are excessively worn
- Change the color of teeth
- Protect teeth from further damage
- Lengthen small teeth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Restore decayed teeth
What does the bonding procedure entail?
In most cases, bonding can be done in one appointment. Similar to most dental procedures, the bonding is preceded by an examination and any cleaning that is necessary. Dr. Tanner will then prepare the specific tooth or teeth by applying a very mild etching solution, which slightly roughens the surface of the teeth. This roughening allows the resin bonding material to attach to the tooth with a stronger bond. Often, a conditioning gel is applied at this point in the procedure.
The bonding material used is surprisingly soft and flexible, and can be molded much like putty or clay. The resin is a composite material that is colored to match the natural shade of your teeth. Dr. Tanner molds and sculpts the resin to coat and cover the problematic teeth or, if necessary, replace missing tooth structure. He then aims a high intensity light at the shaped bonding material, which immediately makes it stiff and durable. This sequence is often repeated – applying multiple thin layers – so it’s possible that the entire procedure can take more than an hour. Once the bonded restoration have hardened they are very strong and will look and feel a lot like natural teeth. The final step is a quick but careful polishing so that the new surfaces are smooth.
How Long Does Bonding Last?
Although bonding is considered a permanent tooth restoration, it will not necessarily last forever. The average lifespan of a bonding treatment is anywhere between five and twelve years. In many cases, a damaged bonding restoration can repaired with new bonding and, if necessary, the entire restoration can always be replaced.
To find out more about bonding, call us today.