Bonding in dentistry refers to the use of tooth-colored materials (tooth colored composite filling material or porcelain restorations like veneers) to rejuvinate a smile. Simple replacement of old and discolored fillings or bonding of composite material to the thin and chipped edges of the front teeth can be a conservative way to enhance someone's smile. Bonding can also be used to close unwanted spaces between the teeth, or to mask misaligned teeth to create a desired, uniform effect. Don't hesitate to call us to learn more.
Why do you need dental bonding?
The composite resin used for the process is polished and shaped to match the natural teeth. Dental bonding helps in hiding tooth imperfections, but there are some other reasons that you may need to consider to get dental bonding done, such as:
- Filling the small gaps between your teeth
- Repairing cracks or chips
- Changing the shape of a tooth
- Protecting the roots of teeth exposed from receding gums
- Hiding discolored or stained teeth
- Making your teeth appear larger than they actually are
What can you expect during the procedure?
Dental bonding can be either done as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with another procedure, such as filling in a cavity or fixing a chipped tooth. If you have tooth decay, then the decayed part of the tooth is removed first. After cleaning the tooth, it is prepared for the dental bonding procedure.
At first, the dentist applies a gentle phosphoric acid to the surface of the tooth. This can lead to roughening of the surface, which helps the bonding material stay attached. The resin is mixed and applied, and is roughly shaped. Before drying it completely, your dentist shapes and smoothens it. By using a special light, the resin is hardened in place. You don’t have to endure any pain while undergoing the process and is completed quite quickly as well.
How to take care of the bonded teeth?
The bonded teeth don’t require any special care. Just follow the steps below:
- Follow regular oral hygiene
- Brushing at least twice a day
- Floss once a day
- Rinse your mouth using an antiseptic mouthwash
- Get a regular dental check-up. If you notice any sharp edges on the bonded tooth or if it makes you feel odd while biting or eating, consult your dentist as soon as possible.
We serve the area of San Mateo and Burlingame Terrace. To schedule an appointment, call us at (650) 348-5424, and we will be happy to help.