Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin to the teeth in order to treat or repair a decayed, chipped, fractured, or discolored tooth. These differ from veneers in that they are not custom-made in a dental laboratory, but can be done in a single visit to the dentist near 77057.
Most often, tooth bonding is used for cosmetic purposes. The composite resin from which it’s made can be shaped and polished to match the natural teeth, so it can also be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer, or to change the shape of teeth. Bonding can also be used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has become exposed.
The procedure for dental bonding begins with using a shade guide to choose the composite resin color. Your dentist will then slightly etch the surface of the tooth. This creates a rougher texture to it, which will allow the bonding to adhere better. The tooth will be coated lightly with a conditioning liquid, also to help the bonding material adhere. The tooth-colored, putty-like resin will then be applied to the tooth, molded, and smoothed until it’s the proper shape. The material is hardened with ultraviolet light. Once the bonding material hardens, your dentist in 77057 will trim and shape it further to achieve the desired shape. To finish the procedure, the bonding will be polished until it matches the sheen of the surrounding teeth.
The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes. If more than one tooth is being treated, you may need to schedule additional visits to our dentistry in 77057.
The composite resin used for bonding is not nearly as strong as natural teeth, so care should be taken to prevent damage. Avoid biting fingernails or chewing on ice or pens. Bonding can last several years, but may eventually need repair.