Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During the procedure a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling “bonds” with your teeth. It comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades and closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.
Tooth bonding can also be used for fillings instead of amalgam or silver filling. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver amalgam. Bonding fillings can be used on front or back teeth, depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.
What’s the Procedure for Having a Tooth Bonded?
- Preparation. Little advance preparation is needed for dental bonding. Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Dr. Redfearn will use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your tooth.
- The bonding process. Next, the surface of the tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid applied. These procedures help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored, putty-like resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. An ultraviolet light or laser is then used to harden the material. After the material is hardened, your dentist will further trim and shape it and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
- Time-to-completion. Dental bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages?
- Advantages: Dental bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike veneers and crowns, which are customized tooth coverings that has to be manufactured in a lab, bonding usually can be done in one office visit unless several teeth are involved. Another advantage, compared with veneers and crowns, is that the least amount of tooth enamel is removed. Also, unless dental bonding is being performed to fill a cavity, anesthesia is usually not required.
- Disadvantages: Although the material used in the process is somewhat stain resistant, it does not resist stains as well as crowns. Another disadvantage is that the materials do not last as long nor are as strong as other restorative procedures, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings. Additionally, bonding materials can chip and break off the tooth.
Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and usually can be completed in one visit to our office. If you have an existing bonding that needs to be replaced, it can be easily patched or repaired in one visit. Call Fit to Smile for a complimentary consultation.