Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that helps repair a cracked, broken, or chipped tooth. It is also useful to hide discolored tooth, space between the teeth, and the lengthening of a tooth. The bond is composed of composite resin that fills the broken part of a tooth, thereby making it appear as a complete tooth. The composite color will be matched to resemble the other set of natural teeth in the mouth. This procedure is cost-effective when compared to crowns or veneers.
What is the procedure involved in Dental Bonding?
Tooth bonding is a cosmetic procedure that, in most cases, may be performed without anesthesia. The first step is to consult your dentist and choose a composite resin color that is similar to your natural teeth. There are different shade cards available to choose the color which comes closest to your tooth color.
In the next step, the dentist bonds the composite resin to the existing tooth. This is done by first roughening the surface of the tooth and applying the bonding agent. The rough surface thus created makes it easy for the liquid composite to stick. The composite resin is fixed and molded to repair the damaged portion of the tooth. The resin material is then hardened with ultraviolet light. If required, the dentist can further shape the tooth even if the resin has hardened.
What are the advantages of Dental Bonding?
- Dental bonding does not involve any major risks. It is a completely safe procedure.
- It’s best for teeth that have suffered minor injuries.
- It can also be used to hide a decayed tooth.
- It is a quick and minimally-invasive procedure.
- The procedure is one of the least expensive treatments for minor dental problems.
- The stained and discolored teeth can be covered by dental bonding, thus improving your smile.
- It can be used to fill large gaps between the teeth.
- The chipped and cracked teeth can be repaired.
How should you care for the bonded tooth?
It is very important to take proper care of a bonded tooth. The dental bonds are not as strong as the natural teeth. It is best to keep away from eating hard foods such as ice cubes, candies, and other solid foods as they may break the bonds. The composite resin may not be resistant to discoloration and stains. Hence it is best to refrain from drinking too much tea, coffee, and alcohol.