Composite bonding - also called tooth bonding and in some instances also referred to as dental bonding - is a dental procedure offered in our office, which uses a tooth-colored composite resin to cover discolored or damaged teeth.
This durable plastic material is applied to your damaged teeth and hardened with a specialized lamp, which 'bonds' the resin to your tooth, improving your smile. In addition, bonding can be used to protect tooth roots exposed by gum recession.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL BONDING?
Tooth bonding is one of the easiest and most affordable cosmetic dental procedures. Alternatives for restoring damaged teeth, such as crowns and veneers, have to be manufactured in a lab, whereas dental bonding can often be completed in just one office visit.
Depending on the number of teeth to be bonded, however, it may take more than one visit to our office. In addition, tooth bonding removes as little enamel as possible compared to crowns or veneers, in which more of the healthy tooth structure is removed. Finally, unless being done to fill a cavity, bonding does not require anesthesia.
HOW TO EXTEND THE WEAR OF YOUR COMPOSITE BONDING
With proper care, your dental bonding should last up to 10 years, depending on the state of the area that was bonded. Composite bonding isn't as durable as your enamel, and like natural teeth, it can chip by biting your fingernails, eating ice, chewing on pens or other objects, or using your teeth as an opener for packaging. Other factors that can limit the life of your dental bonding include grinding your teeth and an imperfect bite.
Are you considering composite bonding as a solution for your stained or damaged teeth? Please contact our office for more information and allow us to answer your questions regarding your dental care.