Dental bonding is when the dentist at Beautiful Smiles Family Dentistry in Pompano Beach performs a procedure that will put a tooth-colored composite resin on a tooth in need of a little bit of help. This can be a chipped tooth, a fractured tooth, a decayed tooth, or even a discolored tooth! Dental bonding is usually done in a single visit. It is referred to as dental bonding because the resin, which is created from plastic, will bond to your tooth.
For the most part, bonding is actually considered to be a very easy and affordable cosmetic procedure. The resin that’s in the bonding is able to be shaped and polished! Therefore, it’s great at matching the rest of your teeth. Usually Beautiful Smiles Family Dentistry will use bonding when you want to alter the appearance of a tooth. It may also be great for closing gaps that exist between your teeth, for making your teeth look longer than they are, or altering the color and shape of your tooth.
Not only that, but it can sometimes be used to replace amalgam fillings or even to protect a part of a tooth’s root that’s exposed.
Actually, no! There’s no preparation that’s involved with bonding. You most likely won’t even have to have anesthesia! Unless, of course, the bonding is being used to fill a tooth that’s become decayed.
The dentist at Beautiful Smiles Family Dentistry in Pompano Beach will start by using a shade guide. That’s so he can select the appropriate color of resin to make sure your bonding blends in with the rest of your teeth. Once this is completed, he will begin roughing up the outer-surface of your tooth. It will be then coated with some conditioning liquid. This all works together to help the resin stick to your toot better.
Once the tooth is ready, the dentist begins applying the resin. It is molded and smoothed until he reaches the right shape and size. An ultraviolet light or laser is then used to make the resin harden.
Once the bonding has finished hardening, the dentist will trim and shape it. He will then polish it, so you have a matching smile. It typically takes about 30-60 minutes for the procedure.