Over the years, the profession of dentistry has been able to devise means and techniques that can permanently rejuvenate a decayed or broken tooth at a very affordable rate. The method is called ‘dental bonding.’
Dental bonding is a process of restoring or rejuvenating decayed or lost tooth through the use of substances that are alike in color and nature to the tooth. It helps to fix other issues such as chips, discoloration, and even, irregular teeth arrangements.
The substances that dentist use in bonding the tooth is referred to as “composite resins.” They are transparent, blend with the rest of the teeth, and are also durable.
There are different types of resin, and the differences are due to the structure of each individual’s tooth. The process itself is carried out with high expertise because the bonded tooth will look very similar to others within the mouth.
The procedure does not take place in a dental lab and very often does not need to include drilling. Therefore, it is a preferable solution
for teenagers; first, because the bonded tooth is not as permanent as that of the dental veneer. Secondly, teenagers have the option of changing it to a more permanent one when they become adults.
The Process of Tooth Bonding
The process of tooth bonding is carried out stepwise and with a reasonable degree of precision. Although it does not consume much time (about 30 mins), the dentist will have to cleanse the teeth to eliminate possible bacteria.
After a thorough cleaning, the dentist will create an incision on the teeth surface using an acidic gel to open up the little pores. Immediately after flushing the acidic gel, the resin is spread over the incised area to fill the small pores present in them.
The composition of the resin makes it hardened to the surface of the tooth, and a curing light is used to increase the intensity of hardness. Therefore, the first layer has been restored. The dentist will repeat the same process until he has regained all the damaged areas of the tooth.
Afterward, we will use a dental drill to sharpen all the areas altogether to give it the perfect shape of the tooth. The final step is polishing of the bonded material, and this takes place when the doctor is fully satisfied that of the new tooth shape for a natural looking smile.
How To Take Care of Bonded Teeth
The best approach to cater for your bonded tooth is to give it the same attention as you would provide a healthy tooth. This means the dentist regularly for cleansing and also avoiding food that deposits a lot of germs because your bonded tooth can also store these bacteria.
Also, ensure you do not engage in activities that will cause the breakage or discoloration of your teeth because tooth once bonded cannot be whitened.
In any case, the best step is to whiten your tooth before bonding, so that, the doctor can select a composite resin with a complementary color. As long as you keep your bonded tooth healthy, it can last up to 10 years.
Do you have tooth damage that might need dental bonding procedures? Contact Dr. Felder, Nowalk Family & Cosmetic Dentist at 203-847-1122.