What Is Tooth Bonding?
Dental bonding is the process of using a resin material matching the natural color of your teeth to restore your smile. As the name suggests, the resin is applied to your tooth and dried into place using a special ultraviolet light, bonding the cosmetic material with your natural enamel. Dr. Wooddell and Dr. Passaro may recommend the use of tooth bonding to address minor cosmetic concerns, tooth damage or to balance a bad bite by changing the shape or surface of a tooth. Tooth bonding can often provide an instant, economical smile makeover.
What Are The Benefits Of Tooth Bonding?
Dental bonding can be used to improve teeth that are stained, chipped, cracked, misshapen or separated by unattractive minor gaps. Some of the benefits include:
- Little to no removal of enamel, retaining the health and natural structure of your tooth.
- Less extensive procedure than restorations like porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
- Can usually be completed in one appointment.
- Less expensive than other restoration procedures
What To Expect From A Tooth Bonding Process
The tooth bonding process is very similar to a dental filling- we even use the same type of material. We will begin by numbing the area to be treated and making sure you feel comfortable as we prepare the tooth and complete the process.
The next step is to prepare the tooth, or teeth, to be treated by etching the surface. Dr. Wooddell or Dr. Passaro will color match the composite resin material and gently sculpt it onto the tooth surface. Their experience and expertise mean that your result will support both the aesthetics and health of your smile. When we are pleased with the appearance of the bonding and the fit is good, we will permanently cure the resin material with a special UV light.
Is Tooth Bonding A Permanent Procedure?
While not considered a permanent solution, tooth bonding can last for 10 years or more with good daily oral hygiene and routine dental care. Our team will monitor the integrity of your restoration at each visit and make appropriate recommendations should additional damage occur.
Schedule An Appointment
Dr. James Wooddell and Dr. Joe Passaro can identify and treat the need for a dental crown. Let us restore your oral health with a personalized treatment plan. To schedule an appointment at our Davidsonville, MD dental office, call (410) 343-7075 or schedule an appointment online.