Chips and breaks don’t always warrant a crown or veneer. In these cases, your dentist will recommend dental bonding. This common, non-invasive procedure will completely restore a tooth. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about bonding, including what you can expect during a procedure and aftercare.
Your Guide to Dental Bonding
What Is It?
Dental bonding is the practice of using a composite resin that’s shaped to the missing parts of a tooth, such as a chip or fracture. It can also be used to cover discoloration, bridge small gaps between teeth, or make them slightly longer to appear even. In some cases, it may also be used as a filling if a tooth’s root is exposed because of gum recession.
How Is It Done?
During a bonding session, your dentist will apply a piece of tooth-colored resin to the gap or chip. Once in place, they’ll shape it to a natural fit and contour. Next, they will smooth and polish the bond and apply a protective conditioning liquid. Then, they will use an ultraviolet light to harden the bonding material. Depending on the extent of bonding required, it can take between 30 minutes to an hour. There are minimal to no side effects, and the procedure is completely painless. Once in place, the bonded material will function as natural bone. It’s still prone to breaking, so avoid hard and sticky foods, as well as staining agents. Brush and floss regularly, and see your dentist twice a year to get lasting results from the procedure.
Dr. Ed Struss of Ed Struss Family Dentistry has dedicated himself to dentistry since graduating from the University of Kentucky Dental School in 1975. He and his staff proudly serve Lexington, KY, offering general and cosmetic services to patients of every age. From dental bonding and enhancements to root canal therapy and standard cleaning, he takes a personalized approach to each patient to ensure the best experience and results. Call (859) 278-7434 to schedule a teeth cleaning and visit his website to explore the practice further. For news and updates, connect on Facebook.