Dental bonding is the process of bonding a composite resin material to your tooth to repair sustained damage or cosmetic imperfections. Some reasons to get a tooth bonded include having cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth. Patients may also want to change the shape or elongate their teeth or fill in gaps in the mouth.
Tooth bonding can also be used to protect an exposed nerve at the tooth’s root. Bonding is a cosmetic procedure but can also help to restore the structure and function of a tooth that has endured extensive damage.
Dental bonding is a much cheaper cosmetic alternative to veneers and does not involve removing a significant portion of tooth enamel. The entire process takes about 30-60 minutes per tooth. To schedule a dental bonding appointment with Dr. Mohammad Bawany, contact us at Tampa Smile Co. or book online today.
Dental bonding is often combined with enameloplasty, which involves shaping and contouring the tooth.
Dr. Mohammad Bawany will perform an oral exam to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental bonding and to check for the presence of oral health problems such as tooth decay or gum disease.
First, we will use a shade guide to match the composite resin with your natural tooth color. Little preparation of the tooth is needed except for roughing up the tooth by slightly etching the enamel and applying a conditioning liquid.
Unless you are getting your tooth filled, you will likely not need local anesthesia. The composite resin material is applied to the tooth and shaped before curing it with UV light.
After hardening the composite resin, Dr. Bawany may perform some additional shaping and contouring to reach the desired appearance of the tooth. We will then finish by polishing the tooth.
Dental bonding is a reversible procedure that is suitable for both children and adults
If you have chipped a tooth, you should immediately rinse your mouth with warm water to eliminate bacteria. Check for the presence of any blood. If you are bleeding, you should apply pressure to the area by biting down on some fresh gauze.
To reduce swelling and pain, apply a cold compress to the area. If you have chipped or cracked a tooth, you should contact the dentist right away and let them know if you have any sharp edges in your mouth that are causing you to bite into your soft tissue or tongue.
Until you can reach the dentist, take anti-pain medication and avoid eating very hot or cold drinks. For small cracks or chips, dental bonding is likely the best solution. However, if you have severe chips in your tooth, you may need to opt for something more durable and protective such as a dental crown.
Dental bonding can last from 3-10 years depending on your oral health and hygiene habits. You do not need to do anything special to look after your bonded teeth, but much like dental fillings, avoiding certain habits and being meticulous with your oral hygiene routine can reduce wear and stains and increase their longevity.
You should floss once daily and gently brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to reduce wearing down the bonding material. Avoid tobacco products, staining foods and drinks like coffee and wine, and chewing on hard or sticky foods. Wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth, and don’t use your teeth to open packages.
Dental bonding is a simple minimally invasive procedure that usually does not require any anesthetic.