How Dental Bonding Can Fix Your Worst Tooth

Fixing a cracked or broken tooth is more than just a cosmetic procedure. Damaged teeth can cause pain when chewing or biting or when they are exposed to temperature extremes. Dental bonding can fix these types of problems and is most often performed on teeth that show most prominently when smiling.

Bonding is also used to:

  • Close spaces between teeth
  • Lengthen a tooth that is shorter than its neighbors
  • Change the shape of a tooth
  • Protect a portion of a tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede

A consultation with your dentist will determine whether your dental issue can be resolved with bonding. A thorough examination may include x-rays and an evaluation of your teeth and gums. If your tooth has extensive damage, your dentist may recommend another restorative procedure that will better meet your needs.

The dental bonding procedure is done in the dentist’s office. First, the surface of the tooth is roughened and a conditioning liquid applied. This helps the bonding material adhere to the tooth. Your dentist will select a composite resin color that matches the shade of your teeth.

Next the bonding composite is directly applied and sculpted to the surface of your tooth or teeth that are being repaired. An ultra-violet light is then used to harden the material. After the resin is hardened, your dentist will further trim and shape the tooth and then polish it to match the sheen of the rest of your teeth.

Dental bonding requires little preparation and the use of anesthesia is not usually necessary. The entire procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.

 

Why We Recommend Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is one of the most common and affordable of cosmetic dental procedures. Be aware, however, that the material used in dental bonding is not as strong as your real teeth. Fingernail biting or chewing on pens can chip the bonding material. Bonded teeth require the same care as your natural teeth. To maintain a healthy and beautiful smile, it is necessary to see your dentist regularly for routine check-ups.

One look in the mirror and you’ll be amazed! That “worst” tooth is gone and a radiant smile is in its place. Dental bonding is considered cosmetic dentistry, but it’s also an effective way to prevent tooth pain and discomfort.

 

Call Us!

To make an appointment for dental bonding, you can reach our Friendly Dental of Worcester office at (508) 340-4611, our Unique Dental of Worcester office at (508) 556-6241, our Taunton Dental Center office at (508) 692-9602, and our Uxbridge Family Dental office at (508) 714-7046.

Request an appointment today.

 

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