With all the unhealthy food and sugar that we consume, brushing twice a day isn’t always sufficient to care for our teeth. Unhealthy food habits make it more and more difficult to maintain sparkling-white teeth that are also strong from the inside. Cavities, tooth decay, and several other dental problems are common.

The good news is that the solutions for all of these issues are now easily accessible thanks to cosmetic dentistry. One such solution is dental bonding.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an excellent way to address various types of cosmetic and functional dental troubles. Once Dr. Miller identifies the problem at hand, the treatment plan is devised. He will then explain whether dental bonding is required. If you have decided to opt for it, it will be explained in further detail, including what to expect during, before, and after the process.

The procedure consists of the use of a composite resin. The color is chosen to match the color of the teeth, and the resin is used to fill up the intended area. Given that the procedure doesn’t interfere with the teeth or gums, there is no discomfort experienced.

The Benefits of Dental Bonding

There are several dental conditions that call for dental bonding. Here are some of the results that can be obtained with the help of dental bonding:

  • Repairing a chipped tooth
  • Filling up large and small gaps
  • Replacing a lost tooth
  • Correcting the shape of a tooth
  • Covering up and matching the size of smaller teeth
  • Filling cracks and correcting discolored teeth

What Happens During Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a relatively shorter procedure that might take an hour or less depending on the dental issue being corrected. It can be tailored to meet the exact requirements of the patient, giving their teeth a whole new look.

In the case of a tooth that has fallen out, the gum is left exposed and is prone to injury and infections. Dental bonding done to replace an entire tooth will aim to protect the gum. This type of bonding might also be used in cases where the correction of a crown is required.

At the start of this procedure, if bonding is being applied to a damaged tooth, the surface of the tooth is made rougher in order to make the bond stronger. The chosen resin is then applied little by little onto the tooth or the gum being corrected. To fill up cracks or tiny chipped edges, the resin might be applied directly to the tooth being worked on.

Once enough material is applied, the resin is then perfectly carved to match the natural teeth. Hardening can be quickened with the help of UV curing light. The shape is slowly matched with the natural shape of the rest of the teeth. Polishing may then be done for a final touch.

Want to Learn More?

To learn more from skilled cosmetic dentist Dr. Dan Miller, contact our office for a consultation. During this consultation, you will be able to ask any questions you may have regarding dental bonding.