Dental Bonding: Is it Right for Me?
If you are like many people, you may have heard the term “dental bonding” but not really understood what it is? Dental bonding is a procedure that can be used for both restorative and cosmetic dental treatment. It can be used to restore a tooth that has been damaged due to trauma, decay or gum recession or to improve the appearance of a tooth that is discolored, gapped, unevenly spaced, too short or misshapen.
Dental bonding can be used for a variety of restorative dental applications including filling a cavity or fixing a tooth that has been cracked or broken. It can also be used to fill in the space where the gums have receded, exposing the root of a tooth.
Dental bonding can also be used for a wide array of cosmetic dental applications including improving the appearance of a tooth that is discolored. In this case, the dentist can use a shading chart to match the color of the composite resin material to the color of your other teeth. Dental bonding can also be used to fill gaps or spaces between teeth. This is typically done when a gap or space occurs between the teeth in the front of the mouth. If you have one tooth that is shorter than the rest, dental bonding can be used to make the affected tooth appear longer. It can also be used to alter the shape of a tooth to improve it’s appearance and to balance out your smile.
Dental bonding requires very little advanced preparation and in many cases, anesthesia is not needed. The exception is in cases where dental bonding is being used to fill a cavity. The process involves applying a tooth-colored resin material that is made of durable plastic to the surface of a tooth and then hardening it with a special light. In most cases, dental bonding can be completed in one dental visit lasting just a few hours.
If you have a tooth that is discolored, too short, gapped or misshapen, talk to your dentist about dental bonding today. Using this advanced restorative and cosmetic dental procedure, your dentist can restore the appearance of your teeth and bring balance to your smile.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Randy Muccioli, Muccioli Dental
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