Tooth Bonding: A Simple and Smooth Restoration
For those needing to restore broken or weakened teeth, bonding is a relatively simple restoration that dentists use. More beneficial in areas of the mouth with low bite pressure, tooth bonding consists of applying a composite resin to elongate or reshape the fractured portion of teeth. This state of the art technique can be performed in one visit and offers long-lasting results.
To ensure that your bonded tooth best compliments your natural smile, dentists must first "roughen" the tooth. This is necessary to help the resin adhere to the tooth's enamel. As it is molded and begins to harden, the resin fills in the cracks and chips in the tooth. Usually matched to your natural tooth color, this newly applied resin will be virtually identical to existing tooth enamel. The process of filing and smoothing away the resin will continue until the bonding is perfect.
It's important to know that the area where tooth bonding takes place can be sore and sensitive during and after the procedure. Depending on the severity of damage to your tooth, the area will be numbed to keep you comfortable and painless.
Your Newly Bonded Tooth:
It's common for bonded teeth to feel a bit strange after your procedure. Yet, most patients quickly adjust to the new size and dimensions of their tooth, and are thoroughly pleased with their new smile.
When it comes to caring for teeth that have been bonded, your best bet is to keep up with regular dental cleanings and practice daily oral care. Specifically, brushing and flossing twice each day is important. To maintain the brightness of your teeth, it's a good idea to avoid beverages and other substances that may stain them, including coffee, tea, and red wine. Keep in mind—the resin used in bonding teeth does not respond to whitening treatments.
Overall, tooth bonding is a simple and smooth restoration for teeth that are in need of minor repair. For dental professionals and patients alike, it's an innovative procedure that both improves smiles and encourages oral health.
Atencio Family Dentistry proudly perform tooth and cosmetic bonding to repair and restore smiles. Whether you have a cracked or chipped tooth, or issues with the shape and spacing of your smile, Dr. Atencio can help. Call today to schedule your comprehensive consultation to see if this is the best technique for you.
Posted on behalf of Atencio Family Dentistry