Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offers bonding procedures to improve the smiles of its patients. Bonding is a procedure that uses a special resin to address dental issues, including decay, chips, cracks and discoloration. Bonding is also used to lengthen teeth that are too short, fill gaps between teeth, and change the shape of the teeth if necessary. Bonding material is colored to match the natural teeth, offering patients an alternative to traditional amalgam, or silver fillings. The bonding procedure typically requires 30 to 60 minutes for each tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bonding
Cosmetic bonding also known as composite tooth or dental bonding lets us shape teeth in multitudinous ways to improve the look of the smile with very little tooth removal. Cosmetic bonding can close gaps between teeth, improve the color, and return the shape of your teeth to more youthful contours. Many people who have lived with mis-shapen, mildly damaged or poorly formed teeth are amazed by the results they get with cosmetic dental bonding. Cosmetic bonding may be a part of your overall treatment plan, or may be used in conjunction with more extensive services such as dental implants (to replace missing teeth), or the repair of cracked or damaged teeth with crowns. If more extensive cosmetic treatment is needed, a referral to a certified cosmetic dentist will be provided.
How is a tooth bonded?
Time to prepare: Dental bonding does not require much advanced planning. In addition, anesthesia is often not needed unless bonding is used to fill a decayed tooth.
The bonding process: Your dentist will use a shade guide to select a composite resin — a durable plastic material — that closely matches the color of your tooth. The surface of the tooth is roughened and a conditioning liquid is applied. These steps help the bonding substance stick to the tooth. Then the tooth-colored, putty-like resin material is applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape on the tooth. Next, the resin is hardened with a special light, which “bonds” the material to the surface of the tooth. Finally, your dentist will trim, shape, and polish the bonded material to match the gloss of the rest of the tooth/teeth.
What happens during the bonding procedure at Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry?
In most cases, anesthesia is not required for the bonding procedure. Our dentist prepares the bonding material by matching the resin to the natural teeth using a color chart. A special tool is used to give the tooth a rough surface to help with bonding the material adheres to the tooth. A conditioning liquid is then applied followed by the bonding material. Our dentist uses an ultraviolet light to harden the bonding material, permanently adhering to the tooth.
When can normal activities resume after the bonding procedure?
Patients who undergo the procedure for bonding are able to resume normal activities immediately after. If anesthesia is required, the mouth may be numb afterwards. Patients should use caution when eating and drinking until the numbness resolves.
The bonding material is susceptible to chipping under certain circumstances. Patients should avoid activities that may chip the material, including eating hard foods, biting their fingernails, chewing on hard objects and opening objects with their teeth. Chipped bonding material will have a hard edge. Patients who feel hard edges should contact Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.
Is there any pain associated with the bonding procedure?
Patients who undergo the bonding procedure due to tooth decay may experience mild discomfort after the procedure. Over-the-counter pain medications may help the patient remain comfortable.