What is dental bonding? You may be a good candidate for cosmetic dental bonding if you have a tooth that is discolored, chipped or minimally decayed. During the bonding process, a tooth-colored composite resin is bonded onto the tooth in order to mask minor imperfections. This process of bonding doesn’t only serve a cosmetic purpose. It can also play a functional role, such as when the bonding material is used to fill a cavity. Dental bonding is a fast procedure that requires less than an hour to complete for each tooth.
When Is Dental Bonding Necessary?
Experts at Laurich Dentistry say dental bonding is useful in a wide variety of situations, including the following;
- To fix minor gaps that may exist between two teeth.
- To alter the shape of a tooth so that the bonded tooth fits in the overall smile of the patient.
- To cover a discolored section of a tooth.
- To repair teeth that are minimally decayed. In this case, the composite resin covers the decayed portion of the tooth in order to restore its structure.
- To protect the roots of teeth after gum recession has occurred.
- To enlarge a small tooth so that it can match the dimensions of the nearby teeth.
- To repair cracks and chips on teeth.
What Steps Are Followed to Place Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is such a simple process that no anesthetic is needed unless the tooth being bonded suffered from decay. Dr. Dennis Laurich starts by using a shade guide to identify the color of the composite resin (which closely matches the color of your tooth). After that, the surface of the tooth is etched or roughened using a special gel. Once this conditioning gel is rinsed off, a layer of the resin is painted onto the tooth. The dentist in Farmington Hills, MI uses a special light (laser or UV light) to cure and harden the resin. Another layer of resin is now added to the first layer; then it is cured. More and more layers can be added in this way until the composite resin reaches the thickness that is desired.
What follows next is to trim and polish the bonded tooth so that the final shape and color is aesthetically and functionally appropriate. This process is so simple and convenient that you can leave and go back to work once it is completed in a maximum of an hour (if only one tooth needed bonding).
How Does Dental Bonding Differ from Veneers?
Both dental bonding and the use of porcelain veneers can attain the same outcome, in different ways. We asked our friend, Dr. Taher Dhoon, a dentist in Greeley, CO, about the difference between dental bonding and veneers. Dr. Dhoon explains that dental veneers are restoratives placed on teeth surfaces to either improve the appearance of that tooth or to protect damaged teeth surfaces. Veneers are customized and fabricated in a dental lab. Typically, dental veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 25 years.
Dental bonding is a simpler and faster version of dental veneers. Dental bonding is also more affordable. Unlike veneers that may last for a quarter century, dental bonding requires some touching up or replacement in 5 to 10 years.
The Benefits and Shortcomings of Dental Bonding
- Dental bonding is fast. As already indicated, one tooth can be worked on in 30-60 minutes during a single visit to Laurich Dentistry.
- It is affordable. Dental bonding is inexpensive due to the simplicity of the materials and steps followed during the procedure.
- Minimally invasive. There’s hardly any enamel removed from your tooth during dental bonding. This makes the procedure to be reversible, so you can ask Dr. Matt Laurich about other restorative procedures years later when you no longer want to remain with the dental bonding on your teeth.
- No anesthesia is needed. This means that patients with risk factors for developing complications when anesthetized, such as those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, can also undergo dental bonding.
- Not suitable for all teeth. Dr. Dennis Laurich cautions that the composite resin used during dental bonding isn’t very strong, so this procedure may not be suitable for teeth that are exposed to a lot of bite forces, such as those which chew food. This is because the resin may break or chip when exposed to those forces.
- Not very durable. Dental bonding isn’t as durable as other restorations. For example, dental bonding may need to be replaced or repaired after 5 years.
How to Maintain Teeth With Dental Bonding
Dr. Matt Laurich recommends that you take the same care of your teeth with dental bonding as you would take care of the teeth without dental bonding. Brush at least twice a day and floss once each day. You should also visit Laurich Dentistry regularly so that the bonded teeth and your other teeth can be checked, and any defects are attended to promptly.
Furthermore, Dr. Matt Laurich cautions that you should avoid using your teeth in unconventional ways, such as by biting ice, since this can put the bonded teeth at risk of chipping or even breaking.
Is Dental Bonding Suitable for You?
At Laurich Dentistry, we conduct a detailed assessment of the defect on your tooth before recommending dental bonding. If you are found to be ineligible for this procedure, another option will be recommended, such as veneers or crowns. Contact Dr. Dennis Laurich today and make an appointment if you need cosmetic dental bonding to repair a defect on one or more teeth.