A dental procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied to the tooth, and cured with a visible, blue light. This ultimately "bonds" the material to the tooth and improves the overall appearance of your smile.
Look in the mirror. Do you have cracked or chipped teeth? When your teeth have gaps, chips, cracks, or other appearance issues, Dr. Taylor may recommend dental bonding to correct the problem. Dental bonding is a restorative procedure that uses a tooth-colored, resin material that solidifies when exposed to a special light. The light functions to stimulate the resin, which then causes the resin to adhere to your tooth, restoring and correcting your smile.
If during your routine dental check up, Dr. Taylor discovers any of the following dental conditions, he may recommend dental bonding.
For your chipped tooth or cracked tooth, dental bonding requires little to no preparation. For your decayed tooth, if Dr. Taylor elects dental bonding to restore the tooth, anesthesia may be necessary. He will decide on a composite resin color that strongly matches the color of your tooth that will create a natural look.
To begin, Dr. Taylor makes the surface of the tooth rough and applies a conditioning liquid. This allows the dental bonding material to adhere to the tooth. Next, he applies a tooth-colored, pliable resin that he molds and smooths to an appropriate shape. Dr. Taylor then uses an ultraviolet light to harden the material. Once hardened, he continues to trim and shape the resin and polishes it to blend with the sheen of the surface of your tooth. Most times, Dr. Taylor only needs approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete the dental bonding procedure, per tooth.
First, dental bonding is categorized as one of the easiest and least costly of all cosmetic dental procedures. Second, different from veneers and crowns, which normally require manufacturing off site, dental bonding most times only requires one office visit. Third, the dental bonding procedure allows Dr. Taylor to save more of the enamel of your tooth unlike the restorative procedures for veneers and crowns. Finally, dental bonding does not require the use of anesthesia, unless the procedure includes the repair of a cavity.
Your everyday, good oral hygiene practices are sufficient for the care of your teeth that received dental bonding: routine dental care practices of brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and seeing Dr. Taylor for regular professional checkups and dental cleanings.
Nevertheless, you should know that your bonding material could chip. Avoid such activities as
As time goes on, if you become aware of any jagged edges on your dental bonded tooth, or if your bonded tooth feels odd when you bite down, contact The Mount Pleasant Dentist. A simple repair may be needed.
When you practice proper dental care, you help to optimize the longevity of your dental bonding. The materials Dr. Taylor uses can last anywhere from three to ten years, but the time of durability mainly depends on how much bonding you originally needed and how you maintained your dental bonded teeth.
The cost of dental bonding will vary depending on your specific dental issues. You should refer to your dental coverage plan, as most dental plans usually either fully or partially cover your dental bonding procedure.
Remember looking in the mirror and seeing your cracked, chipped tooth? By electing dental bonding, Dr. Taylor and his dental team at The Mount Pleasant Dentist can create for you a natural looking smile. They will maintain the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth with dental bonding, a safe and simple treatment that leaves you smiling. Ask about dental bonding today.