Dental bonding is used to improve or restore your smile. It is ideal for several dental health issues, giving you versatility in the treatments that you explore to aid with your dental issues. Before you agree to this procedure, it is important to explore the potential benefits of dental bonding and to see exactly what bonding is and the conditions that it works for.
What is Dental Bonding?
Bonding involves the use of a resin material that is the same color as your natural teeth. It bonds to your natural teeth to help to reshape and restore them, depending on your needs. Southland Dental Care offers bonding to help with a variety of dental health issues.
What Conditions Can You Use Dental Bonding For?
The benefits of dental bonding extend to multiple different teeth issues. Your dentist may recommend bonding for the following conditions:
- Repairing teeth that are decaying
- Improving the look of teeth with discoloration
- Making your natural teeth appear longer
- You can use bonding instead of amalgam fillings when you need a cosmetic alternative
- Repairing cracked or chipped teeth
- Closing spaces located between your teeth
- Changing your tooth shape
- If you have recessed gums, bonding can help to protect the exposed root
What is the Dental Bonding Procedure?
The procedure for bonding is mostly the same no matter what you are getting the procedure for. General steps of bonding include:
- Your dentist will match the resin to your natural teeth as closely as possible by using a shade guide.
- In most cases, you will not require anesthesia. The exceptions to this include having a chip in your tooth close to a nerve or the need to drill for tooth decay or to change the shape of a tooth.
- The dentist starts by roughening your tooth’s surface and applying a conditioning liquid.
- Your dentist applies the resin to your tooth and then molds, smooths and shapes the tooth.
- The next step is to harden the resin using a laser or a light.
- Next, your dentist trim