Dental bonding is a procedure designed to repair cracked and chipped teeth that have been damaged by outside sources like a physical injury rather than internal decay. On average, dental bonding takes less than an hour per tooth and is often used instead of more advanced procedures. For someone with misshapen or short teeth, bonding can also be done to reshape and lengthen.
The primary material used during the procedure is a composite resin that is damage resistant, durable, and matches the overall color of preexisting teeth. The surface of the tooth is prepared to bond with the resin, and the resin is then applied before being molded to create a complete tooth. Once everything has been applied and shaped, a special curing light is used to harden the resin to ensure it maintains its form. Although an hour is given as a time frame, most patients will be out of the office in thirty minutes with their completed tooth.
Many patients are afraid to ask for dental bonding, but it can be a cost-effective alternative to more traditional procedures that have longer timeframes. Patients have used dental bonding as a replacement procedure for amalgam fillings, braces, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns. Bonding doesn’t replace necessary long term work like correcting a drastic overbite, but it can help reshape teeth and avoid unwanted drilling and crowning.
Dental bonding is a fast and cost-effective solution to many common issues that develop with the teeth, especially as individuals get older. A chipped or cracked tooth used to mean crowning or drilling to fill with an amalgam. Now, in less than an hour, you can receive a newly formed and shaped surface or top for a tooth that can last for five to ten years. The resin is also easy to replace, so bonding is cost-effective in the long run.
We recommend creating an initial appointment at our office at 12186 HWY 92 Suite# 109 in Woodstock, Georgia. One of our dentists will work with you to determine whether bonding is the right solution.