At Walker Dental Team in Olympia, we want to enable you and your children to maintain the highest standard of dental hygiene in order to prevent cavities and infection from forming in your mouth. Whenever you need assistance, we are available to provide as much information as you need and can help to develop a treatment plan with you to overcome any tooth injury or malocclusion. If you have suffered from decayed, damaged, or discolored teeth, we often recommend the process of dental bonding. Dental bonding refers to the application of composite resin to the affected teeth in their natural color in order to improve their function and appearance.
Because dental bonding is a simple procedure, it is one of the cheapest and cost-efficient cosmetic dental procedures available. The composite resin can be applied to your teeth in a number of productive ways. Dental bonding can help to make teeth look longer, alter the shape and coloration of teeth, and it can close any small spaces that have emerged between one tooth and another. If a tooth’s root has become exposed as nearby gums have receded, dental bonding can be used to protect the root from harm. The dental bonding procedure can be completed within a single visit and rarely requires anesthesia.
While there are many advantages to the application of dental bonding to weakened teeth, there are some downsides you should include in your consideration when you think about whether to proceed with the procedure. Though composite resin is derived from a strong material, it is not as durable as your natural teeth and cannot measure up to the strength of dental crowns or dental veneers.
You will need to be careful not to chip or break the bond by biting down on hard foods. Composite resin is also known to have a shorter shelf life than alternatives, lasting three to seven years instead of the multiple decades of a dental crown. Lastly, the composite resin material is susceptible to stains from coffee and red wine, which can demand a change in habits if you want to avoid unwanted discoloration.
Once you have decided to pursue dental bonding for one or more of your teeth, the first step will be for one of our dentists to consult a shade guide in order to match the color of the composite resin to the natural shade of your teeth. We then lightly roughen the surface of your tooth and prepare it with a conditioning solution that will help the composite bonding material stay in place.
After this, we proceed to apply the dental bonding resin, which we carefully mold around your tooth and then harden with an ultraviolet light. This procedure typically takes between 30 minutes to an hour to complete per tooth so, if you are wanting dental bonding for more than one tooth, we will work with you to schedule multiple visits until each tooth is fixed to your satisfaction.
If you would like to learn more about dental bonding our board certified dentists would be more than happy to see you at your next appointment.