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Bonding is an inexpensive cosmetic procedure for restoring fractured or damaged teeth. A resin material is placed on the surface to fill gaps or whiten teeth. The putty-like resin is cured with a specialized high-intensity blue light or laser. Bonding is ideal for people with healthy teeth but need treatment for cavities or tooth and gum irregularities. Before the procedure, our dentist at Granite View Dental will perform a dental exam. Preliminary tests will determine if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for the procedure. You may need dental treatment to address cavities or other health complications.
When Do Dentists Recommend Bonding?
A dental professional may recommend bonding to restore the aesthetics of your smile. You can use bonding for discoloration or gaps in your teeth. The dentist will use a style guide to find a shade that matches the color of the enamel.
Bonding is also used for short teeth and recessed gums. The composite resin is affixed onto the end of the tooth, making it appear longer. The material may also be applied to the exposed root to protect the enamel from cavities or discoloration.
Your dental professional may also recommend bonding to close spaces between the teeth. Food debris can get lodged into these gaps, increasing your risk of cavities.
Why Choose Bonding Over Veneers?
Bonding has several advantages over veneers and implants. Bonding is an inexpensive and non-invasive process. It requires minimal preparation before the application of the composite resin. Veneers and crowns require extensive preparation before application. But a dentist can complete the dental bonding procedure in one office visit. The process usually takes between 30 minutes to an hour. It is also a more versatile procedure for addressing various cosmetic issues.
Is Dental Bonding Risky or Painful?
Bonding is a safe procedure, especially when performed by a qualified dental professional. It is minimally invasive, with a lower risk of complications than crowns or dental implants. However, your teeth and gums must be healthy to be bonded with the composite resin. If your dentist finds cavities, they may recommend treatment before commencing the procedure.
Bonding is usually not painful and does not require anesthesia. However, your dentist may prescribe anesthesia when filling cavities or closing gaps in the tooth. If you feel discomfort after the process, a dentist may recommend taking some pain medication.
Protecting Your Bonded Teeth
Dental bonding can last three to 10 years before a replacement or touch up is necessary. Unfortunately, the material is not as hard as your natural teeth and needs proper aftercare. The resin can break if you bite on hard foods.
Stay away from hard foods like candy and fruits to prevent breaking the composite resin material. Coffee and wine should be consumed in moderation to avoid stains. Smokers are also advised to quit. Smoking not only discolors the resin but also adversely impacts your oral health.
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