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Dental bonding is a cost effective way to treat a number of dental issues
Dental bonding is one of the simplest and least expensive cosmetic dental treatments available. Bonding, also known as a bonded restoration, can be coloured, shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth.
Dental bonding can be used to:
- repair chips or cracks in teeth
- whiten discoloured teeth
- close gaps between teeth
- change the shape of a tooth
- protect a tooth’s root that has been exposed due to gum recession
Made up of a tooth-coloured material called composite resin, dental bonding can also be used as a white dental filling to restore a decayed tooth.
What’s the process?
- Chestermere dentist Dr Lowry begins by putting a mild chemical on your tooth to roughen up the enamel. This helps the composite resin material stick to your teeth.
- The next step is to apply the bonding material onto your tooth in layers. Each layer is hardened with a special light.
- After the last layer is applied and hardened, Dr Lowry shapes and polishes it.
The result is a tooth that looks smooth and natural. After your treatment, Dr Lowry will keep an eye on the bonded restoration during your regular preventive dental exams. If needed the treatment can be touched up fairly easily.
What are the benefits?
Unlike customized tooth coverings like dental veneers or crowns which are fabricated in a dental lab, a dental bonding treatment can often be completed with only one visit to our dental clinic. Bonding also doesn’t require very much tooth enamel removal, compared to veneers. Unless bonding is used as a dental filling, the application is usually painless and doesn’t require a local anesthetic.
Bonding isn’t a panacea for all dental ills, though. It is not as stain resistant as veneers, it isn’t as long-lasting and, if you are not careful, the bonding materials can chip or break off.
How do you know if dental bonding is the right treatment for you?
There are several factors that Dr Lowry will consider when he advises you on which cosmetic or restorative treatment option will work best in your case. Things like:
- the current state of your oral health
- the location of the teeth to be bonded
- the function of your jaw joint
will dictate the final decision.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of dental bonding or other dental treatment options, please schedule a consultation.