At Bayside Dental & Orthodontics, we provide our patients in Airdrie Alberta and the surrounding areas a wide range of options for improving smiles, including teeth bonding.
Cosmetic tooth bonding is among the simplest dental restoration procedures available. A tooth-coloured resin is applied to your chipped, cracked, or discoloured tooth and then it’s hardened with a special lighting device which bonds it to your natural tooth.
Additional uses for tooth bonding:
- Replacing amalgam fillings
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Making teeth longer
- Protecting an exposed dental root caused by gum recession
- Repairing decayed teeth by filling cavities with composite resin
- Improving the appearance of stained teeth
- Changing the shape of your teeth
Two types of tooth bonding are available:
- Adhesive composite bonding – Examples of Adhesive composite bonding is the application of bridges, crowns, and porcelain veneers to the damaged tooth with an adhesive.
- Direct composite bonding – The composite material is directly applied to the tooth surface and sculpted for a minimally invasive dental makeover. These restorations are also referred to as direct composite veneers.
Dental bonding procedure
During your consultation at Bayside Dental & Orthodontics, we will conduct a thorough assessment of your gums and teeth. X-rays may be involved depending on the extent of the damage.
We’ll then discuss the problem, and determine whether the best solution is bonding. In addition to chipped teeth, this procedure is the best for many cases of cracked teeth, short teeth, decayed teeth, discoloured teeth, and gaps.
Three steps comprise the procedure:
- Preparation – Only the filling of decayed teeth necessitate Anaesthesia. Pre-treatment preparations including selecting a composite resin colour and planning the procedure based on the cosmetic problem being addressed.
- Bonding – First the tooth surface is etched or roughened to allow for maximum bonding of the material. After this, a tooth coloured resign is applied, then moulded into the desired shape. A UV light is used to harden the resign as it is being formed. With the material hardened, we shape, trim, and polish it to resemble a natural tooth.
- Completion – The entire bonding process takes between 30 and 60 minutes per tooth.
Take care of your bonded teeth just as you would your natural teeth to keep your smile bright and healthy. Flossing every day, brushing twice daily, and visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings are the cornerstones of this care.