Here at Grove Street Family Dentistry, bonding is a procedure that we use often. Bonding works by attaching a composite that matches the color of your teeth. It is generally a type of plastic resin. This procedure helps with reparations on teeth that are discolored, decayed, fractured, or chipped. Some procedures will require parts to be manufactured in a lab from a mold of the patient’s mouth. This can take time, but bonding can be completed in one visit with our amazing team of dentists.
It is called bonding because of the resin bonds directly with the tooth. It is one of the easiest and least expensive implant procedures, which is one of the reasons it is such a popular procedure among our clients. Dental veneers are a much more expensive but more aesthetically pleasing solution to similar issues. The resin used is easily able to be shaped to match the teeth as well as colored to best suit the surrounding teeth of the patient. Bonding can also be utilized in cosmetic dental procedures to improve the appearance of the teeth, if they are discolored, chipped, or aesthetically damaged in some way. It can be used to close gaps between teeth, lengthen, or change the shape of the teeth or even to adjust the color.
During the procedure, there is usually no need for anesthesia unless it is being used to mend a decayed tooth. We will use a shade guide to find the best-suited resin to match the existing teeth. Our dentist will then slightly abrade the top layer of the tooth to roughen it, ready for the bonding process to begin. The tooth is coated in a conditioning liquid that assists the bonding material to stick to the tooth.
The resin is initially in the form of a putty-like substance and is molded onto the tooth. Once it has been properly shaped, we use ultraviolet light or laser to harden the material. From here, we will trim and shape it further until it is smooth, and the sheen of the resin matches the rest of your teeth. The procedure generally takes between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the extent of the bonding. If multiple teeth need to be bonded, then you may need additional visits to our office to complete the process.
Unfortunately, the resin that is used in bonding is not as strong as your natural teeth so can be chipped easily. It usually will last for up to several years, but may need to be replaced sooner if it gets damaged in some way. This process may not be for everyone; each patient has their own needs. Coming into the clinic and discussing with our experienced dentists will certainly assure you of whether this procedure is right for you.
It is important that we choose the best result for each patient and their dental needs. For further details about bonding and how it can work for you, call the team here at Grove Street Family Dentistry at (360) 654-6464 today!