Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a process in which a tough plastic material (resin) is applied to the teeth and then hardened by use of a special light. The resin is tinted to match your teeth. Dental bonding is a simple procedure and doesn’t take return visits. A bonding procedure takes about an hour.

There are many great reasons to choose dental bonding. Consider a few of them:

  • To repair cracked teeth
  • To improve the look of discolored teeth
  • To reshape of teeth
  • To reinforce the tooth root if exposed by receding gums

Preparation

Typically, anesthesia isn’t required when you get dental bonding. If the resinous bonding is repairing an exposed nerve, which isn’t uncommon in chipped or cracked teeth, anesthesia may be needed. The resin is mixed to match the natural color of your teeth, making for a functional and attractive treatment.

The Bonding Procedure

The tooth surface is roughened up to help the bonding fix to the tooth. When the resin is applied, it’s much like putty. Your dentist at Dental Wellness of Suffern will match the color of the resin to your natural teeth. A special blue light or laser hardens the material. Once it’s hardened, the bonding will be shaped and polished.

Advantages of Dental Bonding

Bonding can be done in one visit. No lab is required for the preparation of the bonding material. The process is simple, quick, and inexpensive. Bonding is a great choice for cosmetic improvements to your teeth, including small chips and cracks.

Special Considerations

Bonding doesn’t require any special treatment other than good oral hygiene. However, biting one’s fingernails, chewing on pens or pencils, and chewing ice will erode the bonds. Bonding is stain-resistant, but dark liquids like coffee and tea will stain bonding over time. Bonding lasts from three to 10 years before needing to be touched up. It is not as durable as a crown, but less expensive and easier to have applied. Dental bonding is a good choice for cosmetic improvements, especially to the front teeth.

Come to see Dr. Sherri Alpert, DDS, at Dental Wellness of Suffern, NY, for your dental needs.

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