Dental bonding is one of the easiest, least expensive, dental procedures available. With superb cosmetic results, dental bonding is most often used to improve the appearance of a chipped, discolored, or otherwise damaged tooth. It’s sometimes referred to as “bonded restoration”, and can usually be completed in one clinic visit. There are numerous applications for dental bonding:
- To repair a tooth that has decayed
- To repair chipped or cracked teeth
- To improve the look of discoloration
- To narrow the spaces between teeth
- To change the actual shape of teeth
- To protect an exposed part of a root
Dental bonding uses a specially formulated resin that’s applied to the tooth surface, then custom-shaped, and allowed to harden with exposure to light. There are several benefits to this method:
- resin colours can be matched with the natural teeth
- the resin can be applied to chipped or broken teeth
- bonding can build up a tooth or fill gaps in between
- resin material can restore a broken tooth to its size
With dental bonding, like any procedure, it’s important to assess if it’s right for the patient. At the Mackenzie Dental Centre servicing Vaughan, Maple and Woodbridge, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis and the team evaluate and assess, based on individual patient needs. Unlike some of the other cosmetic options available, there is no need for outside fabrication with dental bonding – the entire treatment can be completed in one visit, unless multiple teeth are involved. In fact, a complete procedure could be concluded in an hour or less.
Dental bonding may not require anesthesia, as the procedure is painless. The process starts with a mild chemical applied to the tooth. This roughens the surface of the tooth, allowing the resin to better adhere wherever applied. The resin has been colour matched and resembles designer’s putty. It’s applied to the damaged tooth, custom molded, and then smoothed into its final shape. Ultraviolet light hardens the resin. When hard, the resin can be further shaped and polished.
While dental bonding is quite resilient and hardwearing, there could be a need for touching up in the future. And although bonded teeth don’t require any special care, good oral hygiene is always recommended. For instance, it’s much better not to bite fingernails, not to chew on pens or ice, and not to needlessly abuse the teeth when eating hard foods. When a bonded tooth feels strange, or when biting something feels unusual, a “preventive” visit to the dentist is highly suggested.
At the Mackenzie Dental Centre, the emphasis with oral care is on prevention and maintenance, and it applies to all age groups. The Mackenzie team encourages regular exams, pre-emptive diagnosis, and treatment plans that are solution-focused. The clinic environment is comfortable and relaxing, and every effort is made to be open and approachable with each patient. Above all, patients are in capable hands with the Mackenzie team, considerate and attentive at all times.
In addition to dental bonding, the Mackenzie Dental Centre offers a full compliment of oral health services - from regular check-ups, to cosmetic dentistry, to dental and implant surgery.
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