What You Need to Know about Dental Bonding

What You Need to Know about Dental Bonding

If you have minor flaws in your teeth, you may want to consider dental bonding. This is a way to cover imperfections in the teeth using tooth-colored resin. Your dentists at Dental Care of Morristown in Morristown, NJ offer this treatment to help their patients make changes to the appearance of their teeth and reach a smile they’re proud of. Here are a few things you should know about the procedure.

Why you need dental bonding

Bonding can be used to treat a variety of dental issues, including:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Fill cavities
  • Fix gapped teeth
  • Cover up cracks and chips
  • Change the shape of the tooth
  • Enlarge or elongate one tooth to match another
  • Cover the root of a tooth after the gums have receded a portion

Who qualifies for dental bonding?

The advantages and risks of this procedure are generally the same for patients of all ages. Patients should be aware that breakage and chipping are more likely to happen when the back teeth are treated, rather than the front. Bonding is a more affordable option to other procedures like crowns or veneers and is an effective solution until crowns or veneers can be placed.

Procedure

Before beginning the treatment, you will discuss your objectives and expectations of the procedure with your dentist, who can also explain possible risks. To apply the bonding, the teeth will have to be roughened using a special conditioning fluid. This fluid is slightly acidic and creates etches in the tooth surface to help the bonding material better adhere to the tooth. The bonding will be applied in layers until it reaches the desired shape, size, and look. The bonding material will then be hardened and strengthened using a high-intensity light. Once hardened, the tooth can be filed down, if necessary, to reach the right shape and size and provide the right bite to the teeth.

To make minor changes to the appearance of your teeth, contact Dental Care of Morristown. Your dentists are happy to provide dental bonding in Morristown, NJ to make improvements to your smile.