Dental bonding is a procedure dentists perform to restore, reshape and rejuvenate your teeth. Dental bonding is how we address individual teeth that have experienced damage breakage or trauma. Bonding will improve both the function and appearance of teeth. Dr. DeStefano uses bonding material to help blend the look and feel of the repaired tooth and make it look just like natural tooth enamel.
Benefits Of Dental Bonding
Some benefits of dental bonding include:
- Little to no removal of enamel,
- retaining the health
- retaining the natural structure of your tooth
What Issues Can Dental Bonding Fix?
This procedure is an affordable, quick, and painless way used to fill in the spaces between teeth or repair teeth that are:
What Is Dental Bonding Made Of?
The dental bonding material is made of a composite resin, or plastic, that hardens and fuses to the tooth when the dentist shines a special light on it. Once in place, the bonding material is shaped to correct the specific defect, colored to match the patient’s natural tooth and polished until it is smooth.
The Dental Bonding Application Process
Applying bonding to a patient’s tooth is a 3-step process. First, Dr. DeStefano will apply an etching solution to prepare the tooth for bonding. The solution will roughen the surface of the tooth so that the bond between the tooth and plastic will be stronger. Then, he will apply a thin layer of composite resin or plastic bonding material onto the tooth. After the resin is applied a special ultraviolet light seals the material. Several layers may be necessary and vary on a patient by patient case. Each layer takes a few minutes to harden. Finally, Dr. DeStefano sculpts the resin to the desired shape. The tooth will be color matched to the surrounding teeth and polished until smooth.
How do dental bonds compare to veneers?
Dental bonding is a type of veneer because it is a process of covering part of all of the front of a tooth. This process is referred to as a direct veneer. The popular alternative to dental bonding is porcelain veneers. This indirect veneer process creates a new outer exterior for a tooth. To get a porcelain veneer, it is necessary to reduce the tooth by a few millimeters. Then, impressions are taken to form a mold of the tooth. A porcelain sheath is then fabricated in a dental lab to match the size, shape, and color requested. Bonding is completed in a single office visit and can be reversed in the future. Porcelain veneers require two office visits and continual upkeep should the veneer crack or break.
Am I a good candidate for dental bonding?
Dental bonding is an good treatment option for individuals concerned about a cosmetic problem in their smile. Bonding is best performed on healthy teeth with strong roots and most of the enamel intact. Patients who choose dental bonding are interested in a fast, relatively low-cost solution to their cosmetic concerns.
What should I expect at my dental bonding appointment?
Dental bonding treatment occurs in stages. Before cosmetically improving a tooth or teeth, the dentist will conduct a consultation to understand the desired outcome and nature of the cosmetic concerns. A dental exam and cleaning may also be performed. If dental problems exist, they may need to be treated before or at the same time bonding is performed.
The bonding procedure itself begins with the application of a solution that etches the surface enamel. This is necessary to allow the resin to adhere properly to the tooth. Composite resin may be applied layer-by-layer and sculpted in between each to ensure the most lifelike contours and coloring. When the desired aesthetic is achieved, light is used to cure, or harden, the composite on the tooth. To complete treatment, the tooth is polished.
My husband and I have been going to Dr. DeStefano for many years I have had a lot of dental work done this far, and as a result have extreme anxiety when I visit the dentist. Dr. DeStefano is very professional, gentle, and assuring. Today I had a cap done, and it was completed in 2 hrs. No more 2 visits to complete. Was a very good experience. – Susan L.
Can I eat after my dental bonding procedure?
You can eat after having dental bonding applied to a tooth. However, it is suggested that hard and crunchy foods be avoided for about 24 hours. Additionally, foods that can stain teeth should be avoided for a day or two at least. Offending foods and beverages include tea, red wine, coffee, colas, and berries. If stain-causing foods are consumed, rinse the mouth with water.
How should I care for my teeth after dental bonding?
One of the advantages of dental bonding is that no special care is necessary after the first 48 hours of curing onto the tooth. Patients are encouraged to follow good oral hygiene practices that include brushing twice a day and flossing once daily. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also needed. Patients should alert a new dentist or hygienist that they have bonded teeth. This ensures that abrasive products are not used during cleanings.
How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?
The lifespan of dental bonding materials depends on how much bonding material was applied and the patient’s oral habits. On average, dental bonding material lasts between three and ten years before needing to be touched up or replaced.
Is dental bonding safe?
Dental bonding is a safe and convenient procedure that is performed frequently in the United States. No major risks have been associated with the bonding procedure because the natural tooth remains intact throughout the process. Only minor etching is needed to ensure the bonding material adheres to the tooth.
Patients considering dental bonding do need to know that the composite resin adhered to the tooth is not as strong as enamel. There is a possibility that the material could chip or separate from the tooth. However, breaks and chips are less common with dental bonding than they are with fillings, veneers, and crowns.
Does insurance cover dental bonding?
Some insurance companies may offer a degree of coverage for dental bonding if the procedure is necessary. Bonding performed for cosmetic purposes only is typically not covered by insurance.