Dental bonding is a great quick and affordable way to repair a variety of dental flaws or small imperfections on teeth.
It is not uncommon for your teeth to develop cosmetic problems, even with your best efforts. You can be diligent about maintaining great oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and oral exams, but issues may still arise. Whether you chip or break a tooth or start to notice discoloration, dental bonding is a simple and cost-effective cosmetic option.
What is Dental Bonding?
To bond means to join or be joined securely to something else, typically by means of an adhesive substance, heat or pressure. Dental bonding masks dental imperfections by the process of bonding a tooth-colored synthetic organic polymer, called resin, to an existing tooth. Once the resin bonds to the tooth, it is basically permanent. Dental bonding not only enhances the cosmetic appearance of teeth, but it can also be used to fill cavities.
When is Dental Bonding Used?
Some of the most common reasons a person chooses dental bonding include:
- Filling in a small gap between two teeth
- Repairing decayed teeth by filling a cavity with tooth-colored resin
- Changing the shape of a tooth
- Repairing chips or cracks in teeth
- Covering up discoloration
- Protecting the root of a tooth after it’s been exposed by receding gums
- Making a tooth look larger than it is, usually done to make it match the other teeth
How Dental Bonding Works
The process of dental bonding is simple and fast:
Local anesthesia is not usually necessary, unless a cavity is being filled around a sensitive area. Dr. Bernard Lynch will examine the affected tooth where the resin is to be applied to determine the appropriate matching shade. He will then prepare the tooth for the bonding material and resin by roughening the surface of the tooth. Dr. Bernard Lynch will then apply a conditioning liquid that will help the bonding material work better. The tooth-colored resin will be applied to the affected area where it will then be carefully molded and smoothed to ensure that it looks like your other teeth. The goal is to make it look as natural as possible.
Once Dr. Bernard Lynch is satisfied about the appearance of the bonding material, a special light is used to cure it or harden it. This is when the actual bonding occurs; it usually takes just a couple of minutes.
After the resin is successfully bonded to the underlying tooth, Dr. Bernard Lynch will re-examine it to ensure that the tooth looks natural. Some trimming or shaping may be done to make sure it naturally integrates with the other teeth. In some cases, it may be all set immediately after it is cured.
Dental bonding usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes per tooth, but it depends on the nature of the problem. Dr. Bernard Lynch is skilled in the process of dental bonding and will take as much time as needed to ensure that your teeth look flawless and natural.