What is Dental Bonding?
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. Thomas J. DeStefano uses bonding material to help blend the look and feel of the repaired tooth and make it look just like natural tooth enamel.
good candidates for dental bonding
Dental bonding with Dr. DeStefano is a perfect solution for cosmetic flaws with a tooth or teeth without the higher cost of applying porcelain veneers. Although bonding with composite resin won’t last as long as veneers, it’s a simpler process and can be accomplished in just a single visit to our Pittsford offices.
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.
The 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
Will my bonded tooth or teeth match the adjacent teeth?
To find the perfect color for your composite resin, Dr. DeStefano uses a shade guide to match the color precisely with your natural teeth. No one will know which teeth have dental bonding and which do not. All they’ll know is that your smile will be awesome!
Can dental bonding be used to completely change the shape of a tooth?
That’s one of the main uses of dental bonding, to improve the appearance of a tooth that is misshapen or whose size doesn’t quite match the adjacent teeth. Dr. DeStefano applies the composite resin and then sculpts it to create the tooth shape that the misshapen tooth should have had naturally.
The issues Dental Bonding can fix
This procedure is an affordable, quick, and painless way used to fill in the spaces between teeth or repair teeth that are:
What are the advantages and disadvantages of bonding?
There are pluses and minuses involved with bonding at DeStefano Dentistry. Here are both sides:
- Bonding is much cheaper than crowns or veneers.
- Bonding can be done in a single visit, usually requiring just an hour or so.
- The resin color is matched to your natural teeth very accurately.
- No anesthetic is needed.
- The procedure is completely non-invasive.
- Bonding doesn’t require removing healthy tooth material, as is necessary with crowns and veneers.
- Chewing hard foods and grinding your teeth can make the bonding crack or chip.
- Composite resin doesn’t resist staining the way dental porcelain does, although it resists staining better than natural tooth enamel.
- Excessive bite force or trauma can cause the resin to detach.
- Bonding isn’t meant for large areas.
- Bonding doesn’t return strength to a damaged tooth, as a crown does.
- Bonding doesn’t respond to whitening.
What Is Dental Bonding Material 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.
Is dental bonding painful?
These applications of composite resin to mask tooth flaws are completely painless. The composite resin is applied to the exterior of your tooth or teeth. Dr. DeStefano doesn’t even need to use local anesthetic. There are no incisions or grinding off some of the tooth matter (as with a crown or veneers).
What to expect at your 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. The 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.
Is The dental bonding procedure 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.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
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.
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.
Caring for Your 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 Material 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.
Are my Dental Bonding results permanent?
When Dr. DeStefano places composite resin bonding on a tooth or teeth, these aren’t meant to be permanent improvements to your teeth. Composite resin can be expected to last about a decade, and then it will likely need to be removed and new resin applied. That’s why bonding is a less expensive alternative to placing a crown over a tooth or covering the front of the tooth with a porcelain veneer.
Is dental bonding reversible?
Composite resin placed with dental bonding can be removed at any time. In fact, that’s what Dr. DeStefano does when he replaces old bonding that has stained or chipped.
Some patients, after they’ve had bonding on their teeth for a period of years, opt to upgrade to porcelain veneers. For these patients, their bonding is removed and then a small amount of the tooth’s enamel is shaved off on the front side of the tooth or teeth to make room for the porcelain veneers to sit on the front of the teeth without occupying any more space than the natural tooth did.
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.