Gallagher Dentistry & Facial Pain Center offers bonding procedures to improve the smiles of our patients. Bonding is a procedure used 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 matched to the natural teeth, offering patients an alternative to silver fillings.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bonding
Cosmetic bonding also known as composite or dental bonding lets us shape teeth 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.
How is a tooth bonded?
Your dentist will use a shade guide to select a composite resin — a durable plastic material — that matches the color of your tooth. The surface of the tooth is prepared to help the bonding substance adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored material is applied, shaped and smoothed and 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 achieve a seamless transition with the natural 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 local anesthesia is required, the mouth will be numb. Patients should use caution when eating and drinking until the numbness resolves.
The bonding material can chip if not cared for properly. Patients should avoid activities such as biting fingernails, chewing on hard objects and opening objects with the teeth.
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.