Get smiling! Our family-friendly dental team at Expressions Dental Care, provide dental bonding for Richmond Hill patients that need to restore teeth that have been structurally damaged, decayed, or discoloured.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a process where the dentist applies a composite resin to restore the look of one or more teeth that are currently chipped, fractured, discoloured, gapped, or decayed. The plastic resin is tooth-coloured and matched to blend in with your natural teeth. Dental bonding can be done in one single visit.
How is dental bonding used?
The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match surrounding teeth. Most often, bonding is used for cosmetic restorations to improve the appearance of a discoloured or chipped tooth. It also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer, and to change the shape or colour of teeth.
Sometimes, bonding also is used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede.
Is there any preparation for dental bonding?
No preparation is needed for bonding. Anesthesia often is not necessary, unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth.
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How's it done?
Your dentist will use a shade guide to select the composite resin colour that will match the colour of surrounding teeth. Once your dentist has chosen the colour, they will slightly abrade or etch the surface of the tooth to roughen it. The tooth will be coated lightly with a conditioning liquid, which helps the bonding material adhere. When the tooth is prepared, your dentist will apply the tooth-coloured resin.
The resin is molded and smoothed until it's the proper shape. Then the material is hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser. After the bonding material hardens, your dentist will further trim and shape it. Then they will polish the material until it matches the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface. It usually takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete the treatment. If you're having more than one tooth done, you may need to schedule more than one visit.
How to maintain your smile
Tea, coffee, cigarette smoke, and other substances can stain your dental bonding.
To prevent or minimize stains, it's essential to avoid eating or drinking foods that can stain for the first 48 hours after any dental bonding treatment.
In addition, brush your teeth often and have them cleaned regularly by a dental hygienist.