Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that rebuilds missing tooth enamel by bonding composite resin to the teeth. Bonding the teeth serves multiple purposes – on the one hand, it can be used to correct a variety of cosmetic imperfections with the teeth, but it also offers restorative properties by replacing missing tooth structures.
This ultimately strengthens the teeth and protects them from further damage. Common issues that bonding can address include discoloration, minor tooth damage, misalignment, and gaps, and it can even be used to change the size and shape of your teeth.
Bonding can be used in isolation or combined with tooth contouring to drastically change the appearance of your teeth. Since filing the teeth is usually not necessary, bonding typically doesn’t require any anesthetic, as it is non-invasive and painless. Contact us at Paragon Dental today to schedule a consultation.
Dental bonding is a more cost-effective alternative to veneers.
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Middletown dentist Dr. Indelicato will examine your teeth and speak to you about your cosmetic goals. Here, you can inform her of any concerns you have about damage or cosmetic imperfections in your teeth.
She will use this information to develop a treatment plan that will best address your concerns. You can decide if you would like to combine bonding with tooth contouring. Dr. Indelicato will also need to rule out any oral health problems and severe tooth damage to make sure bonding is right for you.
To help the adhesive stick, we will roughen the teeth that are being prepared for bonding, and then we will apply a conditioning liquid.
Composite resin is applied to the teeth and molded into the desired size and shape of the tooth that you want to achieve.
After molding the resin, we will expose it to UV light to cure it. This hardens the resin and additional shaping can be performed after the resin has dried.
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If you chip a tooth, you should contact us right away so we can assess how bad the damage is. A chipped tooth is considered a dental emergency so we can fit you in for an emergency appointment as soon as possible.
The proper treatment for a chipped tooth depends on the severity and length of the chip. If the chip is very minor and small, we can correct it in a single quick appointment with dental bonding.
However, if a chip is severe, causing a broken tooth or the crack is running up to the gum line or exposing a root, then you are at risk for an infection and may need a root canal. If you don’t have an infection, we will need to protect your tooth with a dental crown in Middletown to prevent further damage.
No, bonding is not permanent. Dental bonding is a temporary cosmetic treatment that lasts anywhere from 3 to 10 years depending on how well you care for your teeth and prevent degradation.
Bonding is also reversible unlike veneers because we don’t need to file down your natural enamel. Over time, the bonding will wear down and you will need to get it retouched or replaced.
To prolong the lifespan of your bonding, you should practice good oral hygiene, avoid chewing hard, crunchy, and sticky foods, limit your exposure to stains, don’t use your teeth to open packages and wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth. You should go to regular checkups and cleanings bi-annually.