Almost every person will experience a cosmetic issue with their smile at some point in their life. For this reason, we here at Lakewood Dental Arts specialize in a wide variety of cosmetic treatments designed to get your smile back on track. One of the most common, easy, and cost-effective treatments is a procedure known as dental bonding.
When Do We Recommend Cosmetic Bonding?
Dental, or cosmetic bonding, maybe the best way to restore the structure and aesthetics of a damaged tooth. This time-tested procedure involves a putty-like substance, known as composite resin, which can be shaped and textured to match the appearance of natural enamel. The composite resin, which is also color-matched to the shade of your tooth, literally “bonds” to the tooth, making it virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your smile.
We may recommend dental bonding to:
The bonding procedure, which can be completed in a single appointment, requires little or no preparation. We will begin the procedure by using a shade guide to select a composite color that best matches your existing tooth. Next, we will remove any decayed tooth material (if necessary) and etch the enamel. A rougher surface helps the composite better bond to the tooth.
We then apply a conditioning liquid to the tooth, which also aids in the bonding process. After the tooth has been properly cleaned and dried our doctors will apply the composite. The composite resin will then be molded and shaped until we achieve the desired effect. Once we are satisfied with the shape and size, we use an ultraviolet curing light to harden the material and expedite the bonding process.
We may need to trim excess composite to achieve the proper fit. We do not want your bonded tooth to cause any problems with your bite. After we achieve the perfect fit, we will polish the material until it matches the shine of your natural enamel. The entire process typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity of your situation.
Caring for a Bonded Tooth
After your procedure, we will give you a detailed set of care instructions. Bonded teeth are fairly durable but require some special considerations. Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular checkups and cleanings, can drastically improve the longevity of your bonding.
Sensitivity issues are normal during the first few days with your new bonding. If this issue persists or worsens over time, be sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. We may need to repair or replace your bonding. We also recommend limiting your exposure to pigment-heavy beverages like coffee, wine, and teas. Much like your natural enamel, composite resin can stain over time. During your initial appointment, be sure to talk with our doctors if you have any questions or concerns.
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Find out if you qualify for cosmetic bonding! Call (562) 384-1091 to schedule a consultation appointment today!