Dental bonding is a process that uses a tooth colored bonding material to repair a tooth. The procedure uses a durable plastic material to fill in a decayed, chipped, or discolored tooth. This material ‘bonds’ to the tooth. It is an easier and cheaper alternative to a crown or veneer procedure.
What is it used for?
There are many reasons to use dental bonding. The process can fill cavities, repair a chipped or cracked tooth, improve discolored teeth, change the shape and appearance of teeth, close gaps between teeth, and provide protection to a tooth’s root that has been exposed by a receded gum.
How does it work?
The tooth is prepared by roughening the surface and applying a conditioning liquid to ensure the bonding material adheres to the tooth. The plastic bonding material is then molded and applied to the desired shape. Lastly, a bright light or laser is used to harden the material and complete the bonding of the plastic to the tooth. Additional shaping and polishing may be required.
Why try it?
Dental bonding can serve a similar purpose to a crown or a veneer. However, dental bonding is generally a cheaper procedure and usually quicker. Dental bonding does not usually require anesthesia and can generally be done in one visit to a dental office. Bonded teeth do not require any special attention, but just basic oral hygiene. Bonding materials last 3 to 10 years based on your personal oral care. Habits such as chewing fingernails, ice, or other hard substances can cause the bonding to wear down faster.