Dental bonding involves applying a resin or dental adhesive to your teeth. The resin and adhesive are then hardened and set in place using a special high-intensity light. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about dental bonding.
Reasons you may need dental bonding
Dental bonding can be used to fix a number of dental issues. If you need to have crowns attached to your teeth to improve their appearance, your dentist may use dental adhesive to attach the crown to the damaged or broken tooth. If you have chipped a tooth, a cosmetic dentist can carry out repair work using dental resin to help restore the natural shape of your teeth. The resin can also be used to carry out cosmetic work such as filling in large gaps between teeth or helping to cover teeth which are discoloured.
What does dental bonding involve
The first thing a cosmetic dentist will do is carry out an assessment of your overall dental health. Doing so will allow the dentist to treat any underlying issues such as gum disease or decayed teeth which need to be removed.
Once your dentist has completed their assessment and is happy that they can proceed, they will then colour match the shade of the resin to the colour of your teeth. If the dentist were to use white resin on teeth which were slightly discoloured, this would stand out and could look unsightly. The dentist will compare the colour of your teeth against a chart so they can decide on the right shade of resin which will blend perfectly with your teeth.
Once the dentist is happy that they have found the right shade, they will prepare your teeth by using an abrasive tool which will rough up the surface of the enamel slightly. This is a painless procedure which will help the resin to adhere to the tooth. The dentist will apply the resin to your teeth. Once the resin is in place, it will be moulded and shaped using special tools. If you having a crown fitted to a tooth, the dentist will then apply dental adhesive before inserting the crown. The dentist will then expose the resin to high-intensity light which will cause it to harden and set in place.
If you would like to find out more about tooth bonding or other cosmetic dental procedures, you should book an appointment with a cosmetic dental clinic today.