Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure dentists recommend for patients with minor cracks, fractures, and discoloration on their teeth. The treatment involves applying putty-like composite resin material in layers on the affected areas. The bonding material fills up the cracks and chipped areas, restoring your tooth’s shape and structure. Dentists also apply bonding material on discolored teeth to hide stains.
Dental bonding is a safe procedure with minimal risks or complications?
The dental bonding process begins with a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health. The dentist will examine your teeth and determine whether bonding is an appropriate treatment. If so, the dentist will use mild etching acid to roughen the surface of the affected teeth. This helps increase the surface area for adhesion, helping the bonding material adhere better to the teeth.
Your Northampton cosmetic dentist will use a small brush to apply a bonding agent on the affected area of the tooth. They’ll then carefully apply the bonding material onto the surface of the tooth in layers. After application, the dentist will shape and sculpt the bonding material, ensuring it mimics the tooth’s natural shape and contours.
The dentist will expose the bonded part of the teeth to a special blue light. This light activates the bonding agent and hardens the composite resin material, securing it to the teeth. After curing, the dentist will further shape the bonded area and polishes it to give it a natural sheen. The dentist might also examine your bite, and release you if everything checks out.
Dental bonding is an extremely versatile treatment and can address various complications including teeth discoloration, minor dental decay, cracks, and minor fractures. Our dentist in Northampton will evaluate your teeth and decide whether dental bonding is an appropriate treatment for you.
Dental bonding is among the least invasive cosmetic treatments. As such, it doesn’t involve any anesthesia, nor will the dentist prescribe pain medication after the procedure. This is unlike other dental procedures like veneers or dental implants that involve shaving the enamel and drilling into the jawbone respectively.
Chips and cracks on your teeth make you self-conscious about your smile, leading to discomfort and awkwardness in social situations. Dental bonding fills in these cracks and chips so you can have a perfect smile. They also cover stains and discoloration on the teeth for a seamless smile minus the harsh bleaching agents.
Dental bonding can be completed in just one appointment, saving you time and reducing the number of dental visits?
Unfortunately, most insurance providers don’t cover dental bonding since it’s a cosmetic treatment. However, some insurers cover part of the cost, if the bonding treatment plays a preventative role. For instance, dental bonding prevents the spread of bacteria from one tooth to the next. Talk to your insurance provider to determine whether they cover dental bonding.
Yes, dentists recommend dental bonding for fixing large gaps in teeth. Dentists apply bonding material on each side of the gap to close the space in between. This closes the large gap for a more pleasant, natural smile.