Dental bonding is a thin layer of tooth coloured resin that is attached (bonded) to your teeth for the purpose of making small repairs or filling in gaps between the teeth. Unlike veneers which usually require two dental visits because they are made in a lab, bonding is a one step process that is done in a single dental appointment.
When is dental bonding used?
In most cases, dental bonding is used as a cosmetic procedure. It can be used to restore the appearance of a tooth that has been chipped or discoloured. Or it can be used to fill in gaps between the teeth. some cases, it can even be used as an alternative to a filling or to protect the root of a tooth when the patient has receding gums.
What is involved when I go to have a tooth bonded?
If you are seeing your dentist for dental bonding, you will be happy to know that dental bonding is among the easiest of dental procedures. In many cases, anesthesia is not necessary.
You dentist starts by using a shade guide to choose the correct colour for your tooth. A solution is used to prepare your tooth for the resin before the resin is applied. Once the resin has been applied to the tooth, your dentist will trim it into the right shape. Overall, the process takes about 30 minutes.
If you have multiple teeth that need to be bonded, your dentist may recommend this be done over several visits.
Since the resin used in dental bonding can easily stain, it is recommended that you do not smoke or drinking staining liquids like coffee, tea or red wine for at least 48 hours following the procedure.
Are there any risks with dental bonding?
Dental bonding is generally considered a very safe procedure however it is important to keep in mind that the resin that is used is not nearly as strong as your natural teeth. Habits such as nail biting or ice chewing can chip the resin. Usually dental bonding will last for several years before it needs to be repaired.
If you would like to learn more about dental bonding or think that you might be a good candidate for this procedure, contact our office today. One of our dentists would be happy to see you for an appointment and a consultation.