|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
September 26, 2014
Dental bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin to teeth that are decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored. Bonding, unlike veneers, can be done in one dental visit. Veneers need to be manufactured in a laboratory and need a customized mold in order for there to be a proper fit. The bonding procedure gets its name, because the material bonds to the tooth.
Bonding is one of the easiest and cheapest fixes in the field of cosmetic dentistry. The composite resin that is used can be shaped and polished to look like the surrounding teeth. A lot of the time, bonding is used for cosmetic reasons, like a discolored or chipped tooth. But bonding can also be used to fill in spaces between teeth, to make the teeth appear longer, to change the shape of the tooth, as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings or to protect a tooth that was affected by gum recession.
When having bonding applied to the teeth, there is no real preparation needed before hand on the patient’s part. Unless the bonding is being applied to a severely decayed tooth, there is no need for anesthesia. One of the first things your dentist will do is to use a composite resin color chart to choose the resin that matched closely with the surrounding teeth. After the correct color of resin is picked, your dentist will slightly roughen up the surface of the tooth and a conditioning liquid is lightly coated onto the tooth. This liquid helps the bonding material adhere better to the tooth.
Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will apply the tooth-colored resin. The resin is putty like and will be molded and smoothed on the tooth until it is in the proper shape. The resin is hardened with the aid of an ultraviolet light or a laser. After the resin hardens, the dentist will trim and shape it some more to make it look like the surrounding teeth. The tooth and resin are polished until it matches the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface. The entire bonding process takes 30 minutes to an hour and if you are having more than one tooth bonded, it may take several visits.
Because certain substances, like coffee, tea and cigarette smoke, can stain the resin, it is advised to stay away from these items for at least 48 hours after the procedure. Make sure you are brushing the teeth often and keep up with your regular dental cleaning to keep the bonding and teeth healthy.
The composite resin that is used in bonding procedures is not anywhere near as strong as the natural teeth are. Biting on fingernails of chewing on hard substances like ice can chip the resin. The bonding substance on the teeth usually lasts several years before it will need repairing. It will last longer if you keep up with proper oral health practices.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.