Here at Jon C. Packman DDS, we can carry out dental bonding to fix your damaged teeth or make aesthetic changes to make your smile look better. The dental bonding procedure is very much like filling in decayed teeth. While the phrase “filling” is usually meant for tooth decay, tooth or dental bonding is the reshaping of a tooth more cosmetically or aesthetically.
Usually, the tooth is prepared and smoothed before applying the resin material to reform or reshape the tooth. When dry, the tooth is then reworked to look natural. This tooth restoration procedure is generally more affordable than other cosmetic dentistry procedures like porcelain veneers.
The Bonding Process
Since it doesn’t involve lab work, bonding can typically be done in one visit to our dental office. You can expect the entire procedure to last for about 30-60 minutes.
First, our doctor will clean your tooth’s surface to get rid of plaque. Then, they’ll slightly roughen your tooth with a bur. Next, they’ll remove all composite material from your tooth to uncover its underlying structure. Your tooth’s surface will then be lightly etched to make micromechanical faults in the surface. Next, a bonding agent will be applied to your tooth’s surface, and a special curing light used to activate the setting reaction.
When the bonding agent is in place, our dentist will apply a plastic resin and sculpt it into your desired shape. Once set, they’ll trim the resin, smooth and polish it to a natural look.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Gapped teeth: Gapped teeth can also be restored without the need for expensive braces. We can restore your teeth with direct composite bonding—a much cheaper option. Composite bonding fills in the gaps in your teeth and shapes it all for a natural look.
Cracked/chipped teeth: Cracked or chipped teeth might hurt your appearance. Fortunately, direct composite bonding can help restore the original appearance of your teeth. Moreover, better still, your tooth will work just as effectively as it did before.
Filled cavities: While it was once necessary to silver file your cavities, the action was often done without regard for personal appearance. Requiring no outside lab process, cosmetic bonding can quickly repair and restore a cavity. It’s also painless and does away with ugly fillings while giving you an inconspicuous tooth.
Dental bonding isn’t a permanent fix for damaged teeth. It usually lasts 3-5 years before needing repairs. Materials and techniques are constantly improving, so it’s important to consult us to determine if tooth bonding is right for you. The procedure can typically be completed in one visit to our office, and can significantly enhance the appearance of your teeth. It’s non-invasive, too, making it ideal for adults and children who don’t have enough time for alternative treatments like crowns and veneers.
If you have any questions about our dental bonding procedure, we’ll be more than happy to answer them. You can book appointment with us by contacting Jon C. Packman DDS at (704) 978-7060 today!