Our teeth have some really amazing strength to their credit, and this makes us do some unusual things with them. We rip stuff, open corks, chew ice with our teeth and it still holds. But at some point, these activities can easily cause a chip or a crack in a tooth. Some people even acquire these cracks and chips from teeth grinding or clenching. As a cosmetic remedy, Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS offers dental bonding for patients who have chipped or cracked their teeth, restoring their perfect smiles while preventing the affected teeth from additional damage.
What is Dental Bonding?
Usually referred to as composite or tooth bonding, dental bonding is a form of cosmetic dentistry used to repair the chips or cracks in a tooth. Dental bonding uses a soft material called composite resin to fix tooth discoloration, chips, cracks, and uneven length of a tooth. The composite resin is a material that matches the color of your teeth, so that once it is placed, it blends into the color of your natural tooth to give an aesthetically pleasing result.
How is Dental Bonding Done?
The process of applying dental bonding is easy. Usually, you might not require anesthesia unless the bonding is for a decayed tooth. To start, our professionals will have to examine and assess your teeth. We will consider the level of chip or crack in a tooth to understand if dental bonding is immediately suitable. Using a shade guide, we assist you in deciding and choosing the color of the composite resin material. Customarily, you will choose one that is closely matched to the color of your natural tooth.
After deciding on the color shade of the bonding material, your tooth will be prepared to receive the bonding. Our team will proceed by roughening up the receiving tooth surface to aid the easy application of the next set of materials. Then, a bonding agent is applied to the rough surface. Once the bonding agent sticks, the composite resin with the color previously selected is then applied and molded into the crack. Our team will smoothen it out to match the structure of the tooth. As soon as the desired shape is achieved, we will use a special light to bond the resin to your tooth surface. When it has hardened, our professionals will shape and polish the material to blend perfectly with the tooth surface.
Caring For a Tooth With Dental Bonding
The bonding procedure is fairly painless, and may be completed in under an hour for a tooth. Even though the bonding fixes the cracks, they are not as strong as your natural tooth. Hence, you will have to abstain from excessive hard chewing. Ripping or opening stuff with the tooth may damage the dental bonding, so do not indulge in such behavior. You would also need to keep up regular dental hygiene because your natural teeth still need to be taken care of.
Teeth bonding offers a great option for closing gaps between teeth, as well as fixing discolorations and chips. Being a painless solution, you can get it done in one appointment and have it last for a good number of years. Please do not sacrifice the confidence of your smile. Instead, reach us at Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS today at (346) 250-2930 to schedule a consultation.