When it comes to the variety of dental procedures that are available today, dental bonding is one of the most effective – it’s easy, inexpensive, and provides excellent results. For the most part, dentists use bonding when a tooth is chipped, damaged, or discolored. Also known as “bonded restoration”, dental bonding is usually performed during a single clinic visit. The procedure is mostly cosmetic, and can be used to narrow gaps between teeth, and actually change the shape of a tooth where required. In some cases, bonding can also correct and protect an exposed root.
Dental bonding relies on a specially prepared resin that is applied over the surface of a tooth. The malleable resin allows the dentist to shape and contour the material to “restore” specific areas of the tooth. When exposed to light, the resin will harden into place. One of the benefits of resin is its capacity to colour-match with the surrounding natural teeth. As well, because of the nature of the material, chipped teeth can be suitably repaired, and broken teeth can be restored to original size and shape. Dental bonding is truly multipurpose, and proven effective in many conditions.
Like all dental procedures, it’s essential for the dentist to assess whether dental bonding is right for a patient. And while there are many cosmetic procedures to choose from, bonding is one that doesn’t require fabrication, and doesn’t entail multiple clinic visits. In fact, the procedure can be easily completed during one visit, and sometimes more than one tooth can be treated. There is no need for anesthetic, it’s a procedure that’s painless, and the results are immediate. With bonding, the finished results allow for a restoration that is resilient, hardwearing, and long lasting.
In terms of process, dental bonding begins with a mild chemical compound that is applied over a tooth. This serves to abrade the tooth surface, which allows the resin material to adhere properly to the surface of the tooth. The dentist colour-matches the resin for the patient, then applies the material over and around the tooth so that the shape and form of the tooth can be molded into its finished state. Ultraviolet light is then used to harden the resin material. Once hardened, it’s still possible for the dentist to further shape and polish the tooth to ensure full restoration.
Patients should understand that dental bonding might require some touchup or re-bonding in the future. And while bonded teeth don’t require special care, responsible oral health habits are key to longevity. Biting fingernails and chewing on hard objects are clearly discouraged. After the procedure, if bonded teeth feel strange to the bite, it’s desirable to arrange a “preventive” visit at the dentist’s office. This is where some fine-tuning can take place, and anything out of the ordinary can be corrected. As it is, with any dental procedure, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Dental bonding offers patients an effective cosmetic remedy for a variety of conditions. However, there’s no substitute for conscientious oral care, and a preventive approach to oral health.