What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is done to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured, or discolored tooth. Bonding can be done in our office in a single visit. This option is cost effective, and the composite material can be shaped to match your natural teeth. Bonding can help lengthen a tooth, change the shape and color, and even close spaces between teeth. Anesthesia is typically not necessary and the procedure can be done in one day.

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What is the Dental Bonding process?

Little preparation is needed for dental bonding, and the procedure is done in our office. Local anesthesia is not necessary unless the bonding is used for a decayed tooth. We select the composite resin color that best matches your natural teeth. Once this is done, the surface will be made rough so that a conditioning liquid can be applied to help the material bond to the tooth.

The tooth-colored composite resin is applied to the area. The composite is then cured with an ultraviolet light, and shaped and polished to match your natural teeth. Once the material is cured, we will trim and shape the tooth to match your surrounding teeth. Overall, the dental bonding process takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

How long does Dental Bonding last?

Patients do need to take good care of the area that was bonded. The composite material is durable, but is never as strong as your natural teeth. There are risks that the composite material can separate from your real tooth, chip, or break. This risk is unlikely, but we do recommend patients take good care of their teeth and follow good oral hygiene habits at home. Bonding material can last anywhere from 3 to 10 years or longer if cared for properly.

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To find out more about dental bonding and how this can benefit you, contact our office to schedule your appointment.