At the office of Denton Oak Dentistry, we try to adopt conservative approaches for enhancing your smile. One example of such a conservative, yet highly effective treatment is composite dental bonding. The procedure can be used to correct minor aesthetic problems such as chipped or cracked teeth, discoloration on the tooth surface, or to reduce tooth gaps. Dental bonding gives you a more esthetically pleasing smile using composite resin, which is bonded to an existing tooth.
Bonding can be used to:
- Protect exposed roots of teeth
- Repair cracks, unevenness, chips
- Replace old or unattractive silver fillings
- Reshape crooked or misshapen teeth
- Close spaces between front teeth
- Stabilize loose teeth
- Whiten stained teeth
- Replace missing teeth
In contrast to crowns or porcelain veneers, dental bonding removes only a small amount of the original tooth. It is a fast, affordable and relatively simple process. The color of the composite resin material being used can be closely matched to the color of the original tooth, thereby improving the appearance of your teeth without damaging your natural tooth structure.
We begin the cosmetic bonding procedure by examining and cleaning the tooth. The tooth is etched with a slightly acidic etching gel that enables composite resin to bond well with the tooth. Several layers of the composite resin are painted on to the tooth. Each layer is then hardened using a dental curing light. Once enough layers of resin have been placed on the tooth, the bond is sculpted into a natural looking shape and texture.
It is extremely vital to take care of bonded teeth and to keep them clean with regular brushing and flossing.If needed, dental composite bonding can be replaced or re-touched in about five to ten years or so.
For more information on how you can improve your smile with cosmetic bonding, please contact our office at (940) 566-1066.