Dental bonding is one of the best ways to correct small imperfections in your teeth and smile. Non-invasive and pain-free, dental bonding by Rockford dentist Susan P. Anderson can alter the appearance of your teeth without resorting to dentures or implants.
What is bonding? Dental bonding allows a dentist to change the shape or color of a tooth. Porcelain and resins are fused or “bonded” to the tooth to create a strong surface that looks and feels like a natural tooth. The colors of the bonded material blend in naturally with the tooth’s enamel, creating a finished product that looks just like the real thing.
When is bonding used? Bonding is used to repair cracked or chipped teeth. It can also be used on decayed, fractures, or discolored teeth to improve their appearance and function. In some cases, bonding is used to change the size or shape of a tooth, to cover exposed roots due to gum disease, or even used in place of fillings.
Benefits of bonding. Bonding is a relatively simple and inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure. The end results look exactly like real teeth and the process can be used on a variety of conditions from cosmetic to functional.
Ideal candidates for dental bonding. Dental bonding is a good choice for people with healthy teeth who want to correct small imperfections or cosmetic issues.
Procedure: Dental bonding requires the dentist to lightly etch the surface of the tooth that is to be bonded. This roughens the surface enough for the bonding material to adhere to the tooth and form a strong bond. Once the tooth is prepared, a colored resin, chosen to match the shade of your tooth, is applied, much like a filling. The resin in molded and shaped until the desired size and shape is achieved. After that, an ultraviolet light or laser is used to help harden the material. Once hard, the material is further trimmed, shaped, and polished until it perfectly matches your existing tooth.
Do bonded teeth require special care? Dental bonds are very strong and are intended for normal use. They don’t require any special care after the first 48 hours. During the first 48 hours your dentist may advise you to avoid certain foods and drinks to allow the composite to set. Depending on the tooth and the type of bond, you may be advised to avoid biting hard objects to help prevent chipping. Other than that, stick to your regular brushing and dental check-ups and enjoy your new teeth!
How long is the procedure? Bonding is a quick procedure that can be done in a single visit to our Rockford dentist. If you are having more than one tooth done, you may want to schedule multiple visits.
Alternatives to bonding. Depending on your need, tooth whitening, bleaching, caps, crowns, veneers, fillings or dentures may be a suitable alternative to bonding. Our Rockford dentist can recommend the best procedure for you based on your specific needs and concerns.
Find Out If You’re A Candidate For Dental Bonding By Contacting Our Rockford Dentist
To learn more about dental bonding in Rockford, contact Susan P. Anderson, DDS General Family Dentistry at 815-623-1900.