Dental Bonding 101

If you have a damaged tooth, you understand the urgency and importance of having it fixed. While there are many solutions to choose from to restore your tooth, dental bonding is an excellent option for most people because it is a simple, inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure that is quick and painless.

Dental bonding, sometimes called a composite restoration, is most often used to correct the following issues:

  • A chipped tooth
  • A cracked tooth
  • A tooth that is small and creates a gap between the neighboring teeth
  • To change the shape of a tooth
  • To make the teeth appear longer
  • To protect exposed tooth roots from receding gums
  • As an alternative to amalgam or metallic fillings

Dental bonding is a convenient procedure that can generally be completed in a single visit to the dentist. There is little preparation for the procedure, and most of the time, no anesthesia is needed. *For those who need to have a cavity filled or the bonding will be done close to a tooth root, anesthesia will typically be administered.

What to Expect

The first thing that your dentist will do is take a shade guide to match your teeth's natural color. Dental bonding is typically undetectable in the mouth because of how seamlessly it blends in with your smile. Before attaching the bonding material, the tooth's surface will be roughed and lightly coated with a conditioning liquid. This allows the tooth to receive the bonding material. Once the tooth is prepared, the putty-like material will be applied and molded into the proper shape. Then, a special curing light will be used to harden the bonding material so that it bonds with the tooth. After it is set, your dentist will complete the finishing touches of shaping and polishing the tooth so that it matches the rest of your teeth.

Dental bonding is an effective way to repair your teeth and give you back the confidence you need to flash your smile. Contact Montevallo Family Dentistry today to learn more. 

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