Dental bonding is a procedure in which a dentist permanently attaches a tooth-colored resin material to the tooth enamel using dental adhesives. Using great strength and a high-intensity ultraviolet curing light, the bonding will adhere to the tooth to help restore or improve a person’s smile.
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Tooth bonding is a typical and conventional way of restoring slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth using crown, bridge, porcelain veneer, or inlay or onlay. In dental bonding, the natural or white filling will be placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance.
Before being permanently cemented to the tooth, the bonding will be temporarily placed on your tooth by the dentist to determine if it fits and matches the color of the tooth. The dentist will need to repeatedly remove and trim the veneer to achieve the proper fit and color as well as adjust the shade of cement to be used.
Dental bonding can be used:
- To restore the decayed teeth by filling cavities using composite resins
- To repair or restore the chipped or cracked teeth
- To improve the appearance of chipped teeth, gaps among the teeth, stains or discolorations, or crooked or misshapen teeth
- To lock spaces between teeth
- To modify the shape of teeth
- As a cosmetic substitute to amalgam fillings
- To shield a portion of the root that has been uncovered or exposed when gums recede
Preparation: Usually, anesthesia is not necessary unless the bonding is used to fill a decayed tooth.
Process: The tooth surface will be roughened and a liquid will be applied. This procedure will help the material adhere to the tooth. An ultraviolet light will be used to harden the bonding material. After the material is hardened, the dentist will further trim, shape, and polish it to match the rest of the tooth surface.
Duration of this procedure: These procedures take about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.
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