Dental bonding is but one tool on a dentist’s kit. To complete dental procedures, various products, techniques, and materials are also used. When it comes to bonding, there are a number of things you need to know. First off is that bonding is versatile and exceedingly durable. That’s why it’s such an important tool for dentists.
Dental Bonding — an Explanation
For cosmetic and restorative dentistry, dental bonding is a commonly used procedure.
- cosmetic — various methods, including bonding, are used to enhance the look of a person’s teeth through cosmetic dentistry.
- restorative — when problems plague teeth, one fix is through dental bonding as a restorative approach.
Thus begins the versatility of dental bonding, because it is not only appropriate but recommended for both of the above procedures.
How Is Bonding Done?
Onto a tooth, a type of material is placed that, when applied, adheres to the tooth through “bonding”. Materials used are most often plastic or resin. Before applying the bonding material, it is tinted by the dentist which allows for a perfect match to surrounding teeth and the tooth in question (regarding shading or coloring).
First, the tooth is etched. This is done so that, rather than adhering to the outer layer, the bonding material adheres to the inner layer as well. So that the material appears more natural, the dentist shaves or sands it after applying it to the tooth. For drying, a light is aimed at the material. It becomes part of your tooth once it hardens and dries.
When To Use Bonding
Dental problems that typically call for bonding as a solution can include the following:
- Gum disease — helps prevent gum disease progression and sensitivity.
- Short teeth — used to lengthen teeth that are too short.
- Discoloration — a light covering of bonding material in a lighter shade than the discolored tooth is applied.
- Cavities — improves tooth strength and allows the tooth to be whole again after a cavity is drilled out.
- Gaps — the gap disappears due to the space being filled in with bonding material.
- Chips — a chipped tooth can once again look complete and natural.
Bonding has become, through the years, a multi-use tool that can be utilized for nearly any dental problem imaginable.
Why Is Bonding Better Than Other Solutions?
Naturally, there are many solutions that dentists can use to repair dental issues. But if you want a dental issue remedied in a cost-effective manner, typically, bonding is used. What’s more, only one dental visit is usually required because of the easiness and quickness with which bonding can be executed. Three, maybe two visits are typically required for other procedures. Possibly the best benefit of all is that bonding is a much less painful procedure when compared to some others. In order to complete bonding, you might not even need an anesthetic. Cases vary, however.
Dr. Alex Rubinov is an experienced dentist who uses bonding as well as other best practice techniques. If you’d love to have the smile you’ve always dreamed of, now is the time to make your appointment. Call us today at (718) 253-0800 to make an appointment.