Tooth bonding is when the dentist applies a tooth-colored resin material that is held on with adhesive and is then cured using a high-intensity curing light. Bonding is most often used for cosmetic purposes to enhance the appearance of a chipped tooth or a discolored tooth.
Bonding can also be used to close the spaces or gaps between a patient’s teeth. This procedure often makes the teeth look longer or done to change the color or shape of the teeth. Bonding is also used as a cosmetic procedure instead of using amalgam fillings. Bonding can be used to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.
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Dental Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding is typically fast and simple and takes little to no preparation. Anesthesia may be necessary but in most cases, it is not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth in the patient. The dentists at South Anchorage Dental Center will be able to match the shade of your existing teeth very closely with a composite resin.
Two forms of dental bonding exist: The first being direct composite bonding with the second being Adhesive bonding
- Direct Composite Bonding- Direct composite bonding is a process used by dentists that use tooth-colored composites (natural or white). Composite materials may be applied directly and sculpted to the surface of teeth that show when you smile. Dentists typically call these direct composite veneers. Non-professionals call it “bonding.”
- Adhesive Bonding- Adhesive bonding is the process of adding a restoration to an existing tooth. This method is mostly used for esthetic crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays and with porcelain veneers. Once your dentist has determined the best match for your teeth, they will roughen up the surface of the tooth using a mild phosphoric acid solution. Once the agent that roughs up your teeth is removed, a liquid bonding agent is then applied. A tooth-colored putty-like resin is then directly applied to the tooth, then molded and smoothed until it’s in the perfect shape so as to look natural. The material is then hardened with an ultraviolet curing light, and the previous step is repeated until the filing, or direct composite veneer has reached its final shape. Your dentist at South Anchorage Dental Center will then polish the material until it matches the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
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