Cosmetic Dental Bonding
While there are many advanced dental procedures available to repair and restore your teeth, sometimes it is best to keep it simple.
At Middle Creek Dental we offer dental bonding as a solution to meet certain cosmetic needs.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Our bonding process allows your teeth to look brand new.
We can use bonding to fix several different issues with your teeth, without pain, and without a lot of cost. If you haven't heard about dental bonding, let Middle Creek Dental give you information about bonding.
Dental bonding is made of a combination of plastic and glass particles that we can apply to your teeth.
Bonding material comes in several different colors. That way, we can match the bonding agent to your teeth.
Dental bonding allows us to permanently cover any tooth imperfections so that your teeth will be whole again.
Once your tooth is repaired with composite bonding, it will look like all of your other natural teeth, with the same shape and color.
Dental bonding can fix damage to your teeth that is several years old. It can also fix damage that is more recent.
Why Do We Use Dental Bonding?
We use bonding to fix lots of issues with your teeth.
If you have a large filling
in one of your back molars, it may have been in your mouth for a long time. In a lot of cases old fillings, especially those fillings from the 1970s and 1980s may now be decaying.
Spaces may have developed between your filling and your tooth. The filling could break, crack, or decay.
We can use bonding to put composite between the spaces of your tooth and your filling. Composite can also be used to fill in the cracks and chips the filing may have caused.
We also use bonding to fix the chips and cracks in your teeth.
Bonding can fix the defects in your teeth and can even make them stronger.
Bonding can be used to fix discolored teeth as well.
Your teeth could become discolored due to injuries or medication, and bonding can restore the tooth to the color of your other teeth.
What Is the Process for Dental Bonding?
While dental bonding may sound like a complicated procedure, it is one of the easiest procedures we do in our dental practice.
In order to install dental bonding to your tooth, we will first choose the color of bonding that will match your teeth.
We will then lightly sand the surface of your tooth where the bonding is going to be placed.
This is because a slightly rougher edge will better receive the bonding material and create a stronger adhesion.
After your tooth is prepared, our team will place the bonding material on it.
Our dental professional will shape it to the desired dimensions so that it seamlessly fits onto your tooth.
It will then be polished to the proper color, so it matches the existing tooth.
Once we shape the new tooth to look like the tooth you had in the past, we will shine a UV light onto the bonding agent to harden it.
This is the final step for your dental bonding. That is all it takes to make your tooth look like new. Once it is complete, you will be all set to resume your normal activity.
How Long Does the Dental Bonding Procedure Take?
As there will not be any anesthesia required in most situations for your dental bonding procedure, you will be all set to return back to the office or to any activity once you leave your appointment.
Is Dental Bonding Safe?
Dental bonding is considered to be a very safe procedure and it is a very common treatment in cosmetic dentistry.
There are no known risks that are associated with the bonding process and the materials that are used for it.
You should be made aware, however, that dental bonding is not as durable as your natural teeth are.
The bonding material can potentially crack, chip, or even break if you sustain an injury to the tooth, or if you bite down on something too hard.
Be sure to avoid crunching on hard items such as ice, hard candies, and pencils.
Chewing your nails is another potential risk factor and in addition is generally a bad habit for the health of your teeth.
How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?
While dental bonding is very affordable and easy to install, it is not as durable as other dental and cosmetic restorations.
On average, you can expect a dental bonding to last approximately three years or so.
However, bonding can usually be replaced or repaired as long as your underlying tooth has not suffered any new damage.
Another consideration for dental bonding is that it cannot be placed on a biting surface. It is a softer and more pliable material that cannot withstand the rigors of chewing foods.
Therefore, it would not be advantageous to be placed onto your molars.
Bonding is usually placed on the front teeth, or teeth toward the front of your mouth.
If you eat hard or sticky foods directly with your bonded tooth, you will be at risk of damaging the restoration.
With that said, our professionals may recommend a stronger treatment option if you damage your bonding frequently.
This may include options such as an onlay or a crown. These treatments are excellent for surface areas that will be used for chewing and exposed to more wear and tear.
Do you have a tooth that needs to be bonded? If you around Nampa, we can help!
Give Middle Creek Dental a call at (208) 505-9975 if you would like to learn more about the benefits of dental bonding, our professionals are here to answer your questions.