Dental bonding is one of many dental processes that aim at restoring the look, feel and durability of teeth; it is a procedure that uses a composite material that is applied to the teeth. This material is hardened with a special light and can then be shaped to looks like normal teeth.
Dental bonding is often done to correct the minor defects of the teeth and mouth within the structure of natural teeth. Many people get dental bonding from Naperville dentists every year and Comfort Care Family Dental P.C. is proud to be a leader in advanced dental care treatments and procedures, including bonding.
What Conditions are Ideal for Dental Bonding Treatments?
Dental bonding commonly is used on dental issues that impact the structure and appearance of the teeth such as:
- To repair holes in teeth caused by decay- cavities
- To repair teeth that have been chipped or cracked
- To improve the color of teeth by applying a whiter coating to the teeth
- To close spaces and gaps between teeth due to improper alignment
- To make teeth longer to improve alignment and appearance
- To change the overall shape of the teeth to be more aesthetically pleasing
- As a cosmetic alternative for silver fillings
- To protect the root of the tooth exposed due to gum disease
What Process is Involved in Dental Bonding?
Many people ask about their options for dental bonding from Naperville dentists and here at Comfort Care Family Dental P.C. we see many come to us with the same questions. We see many patients opt for bonding to correct their minor cosmetic dental needs because it is relatively easy and much faster than many other dental treatments. Little advance preparation is needed for dental bonding other than slightly sanding the tooth where the material is to be placed to ensure quick bonding is achieved. There is no need for any anesthesia in the majority of cases unless it is used to fill cavities that impact the nerve and root of the tooth. The bonding process is relatively straightforward- the material is applied to the tooth and fashioned into the indented shape. A bright, usually blue, light will be used to harden the composite material; once it has hardened the dentist will then sand and finish shaping the bonding material into the final intended shape. In most cases, the entire process takes 30-60 minutes per tooth so it is possible to have several teeth treated at one time. Within 24 hours after the procedure, you can use the treated teeth as you would your natural teeth.
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding?
Advantages: Dental bonding is so popular due to how easy they are to get done and how realistic they look; they are also very affordable especially when compared to other dental procedures. Unlike veneers and crowns, there is little wait time and preparation ended so the procedure can usually be done in a single sitting in the dentist’s office. Another advantage is that while some of the tooth’s surface is removed to ensure the bonding material adheres well, it is much less than what is needed for veneers and crowns and other prosthetics. There is little need for anesthetics and bonding can be done on patients who otherwise might be deemed ill candidates for other cosmetic procedures.
Disadvantages: While the material used in bonding looks and feels like natural teeth enamel, it is not as resistant to stains as natural enamel and the material used in veneers or crowns. Another disadvantage for many is that bonding is not as strong as veneers, which means they do not hold up to wear and tear as well, especially when used in high impact areas or are fashioned into thinner areas on the tooth. Additionally, bonding materials can chip and break off the tooth. Bonding is usually reserved for small areas of tooth work.
It is important to consult with your dentist about what bonding treatments are best for your dental need. While dental bonding from Naperville dentists works for many, it is important to consider the pros and cons of the bonding process. Comfort Care Family Dental P.C. can help take the confusion out of the decision-making process and can help you make the choice that is right for you and your unique dental needs.
Is There Any Special Care For Bonded Teeth?
Bonded teeth are popular for patients because they do not require special care like dentures and other cosmetic prosthetics. Basically, you need to take care of teeth that have been bonded the same way you would care for your natural teeth. They can be brushed and flossed as normal and you can use the same type of toothpaste and mouthwash that you normally use.
Because bonding material is not as strong as enamel, it can chip and break under high pressure or impacts so it is important not to chew ice, candy, or bite your fingernails. Sharp edges on the bonded teeth or if you experience any pain in the teeth that have received bonding treatment you need to head to your dentists to check for possible chips or cracking in the bonding.
If you take care of your bonded teeth the treatments can last up to 10 years or more but in most cases, you will need to have the bonding treated or reapplied every 7 to 10 years.
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Many people get dental bonding from Naperville dentists every year and Comfort Care Family Dental P.C. is proud to be a leader in advanced dental care treatments and procedures, including bonding. Contact us today to set up yore first consultation appointment as a new patient and come see for yourself why we have come to be known as the go-to-place for dental needs in and around the Naperville area. Take the first step today towards enjoying a better-looking smile and give us a call!