If you have minor damage on a tooth (including large cavities), dental bonding can be useful in restoring both its function and looks. This versatile treatment can be used to treat decayed, chipped, fractured, or discolored teeth. Elevation Dental offers this treatment to give our patients in Pearland, TX healthy, beautiful smiles.
What is dental bonding?
Bonding consists of using a composite resin material and applying it to the teeth. It can be shaped and polished to match the natural teeth and is useful for improving the appearance of less-than-perfect teeth. It is popular in cosmetic dentistry because it is affordable, versatile, and simple. Dental veneers can also be used to make cosmetic improvements to teeth, but they must be custom-made, requiring an extra trip to our office and for a tooth to be shaved down a small portion in preparation. Bonding can be completed in just one office visit and requires no special preparation.
Unlike other procedures in cosmetic dentistry, bonding does not require any special preparation or anesthesia, though if it is being used to fill a decayed tooth, some anesthesia may be needed. After selecting the right composite resin color to match your natural teeth, your dentist will etch the surface of the tooth being treated with a mildly acidic solution. This creates a slightly rougher surface that will help the bonding material to adhere more securely. This solution will be rinsed off and a conditioning liquid, which will further create a stronger bond, will be applied to the tooth. The bonding material itself will be applied as a tooth-colored, putty-like resin. It will be molded and smoothed into the desired shape and size, then hardened (cured) with an ultraviolet light or laser. Once it has been hardened, your dentist will trim and shape it further until it matches the bite of your teeth. It will then be polished to match the sheen of the surrounding teeth. If you have multiple teeth that need to be bonded, additional appointments may be needed.
For a quick and simple solution to slightly damaged teeth, talk to your dentist at Elevation Dental about bonding. We can help you find the right solution to achieve your ideal smile in Pearland, TX!