For our CT patients, dental bonding is a quick and painless cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses a composite resin to fix both structural and cosmetic defects in teeth. Dental bonding is used to repair teeth that are chipped or cracked and to replace unattractive silver fillings. If teeth are misshapen or have gaps between them, dental bonding is used to build-up and reshape teeth and fill in gaps. Dental bonding can even be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth.
At our Berlin and Cromwell, Connecticut practices, the dental bonding procedure typically lasts a few hours, and results are immediate. First, a mild solution is applied to the affected teeth. This solution creates very small fissures in the enamel. These fissures roughen up the tooth’s surface to allow the resin to adhere to the tooth. Then the resin is carefully applied to the tooth followed by a high-intensity light that forces the resin to harden very quickly. The dentist layers the resin, rebuilding and restructuring the tooth and adjusting the color until the patient is satisfied with the result. When the last layer of resin has hardened, the bonded tooth is buffed and polished, creating a smooth surface that blends with the surrounding teeth.
Filling cavities or replacing traditional silver fillings with dental bonding material offers tremendous restorative and cosmetic advantages to our Berlin and Cromwell CT dental bonding patients. Traditional silver fillings cannot stick to teeth, so dentists must remove healthy portions of the tooth to attach the silver filling. Unlike the natural tooth, silver fillings are rigid and will not expand with the tooth, which can cause the tooth to crack. With dental bonding only the decayed area of the tooth needs to be removed. Further, the composite resin used is flexible. The resin expands and contracts along with the natural tooth, making it much less likely that the resin filling will crack the tooth or fall out.
The entire dental bonding procedure can be completed in a few hours, and the results typically last anywhere from seven to eleven years. The resin material used in dental bonding is porous, so food, drink and smoking will eventually cause the bonded area to yellow or stain. However, the dental bonding procedure can be repeated as often as necessary to keep the teeth white.
To learn more about our CT dental bonding procedure please contact our friendly and helpful staff. We offer a complimentary evaluation so that we can go over your specific concerns. Visit us to get the smile you deserve and can be proud of. Contact Advanced Dental today by filling out the form below or calling us at 860-218-9450.