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