Are you dealing with a tooth that is slightly discolored, cracked or chipped? If so, you definitely have options when it comes to how to improve the shape and appearance of one or more teeth. Dr. Michael Lorio and the dental team at Town Center Dental Care offer a wide range of cosmetic treatments that treat everything from minor to more complex cosmetic flaws. If you only need to correct small imperfections in your smile, then dental bonding may be the perfect option for you.
What is dental bonding?
This is one of the fastest, easiest and least invasive cosmetic dentistry options available. Bonding involves applying a tooth-colored dental material to a tooth to help improve the tooth’s appearance while correcting minor defects and flaws. The same material used to fill a cavity is also used in bonding; however, with bonding, there is no drilling or anesthesia needed, as the process is completely non-invasive.
When is dental bonding a good option?
You may want to consider getting cosmetic bonding if,
- You have minor decay
- You have a chipped or cracked tooth
- You have a small gap between teeth
- You have a small discoloration
- You want to make a tooth look slightly longer
- You want to alter the shape of one or more teeth
- You need to cover exposed tooth roots due to receding gums
What goes into getting dental bonding?
This cosmetic procedure is fairly simple and can be performed by our dental team in just one visit. Unless we are treating decay, no drilling or tooth preparation is typically necessary. First, our dental team will choose the resin color that most closely matches the color of your tooth.
From there, we will paint on a liquid that will roughen the tooth so that the resin sticks to the tooth and can easily be shaped and applied. From there, we will clean and dry the tooth to remove the liquid and then apply the resin. The resin is putty-like, which makes it easy for us to shape and mold the resin exactly as needed to correct the imperfection. Once we’ve achieved the desired look, we will use a special curing light to harden the resin into place and then give the finished tooth a final polish. It usually takes about 30 minutes to treat a single tooth with bonding.
Are you interested in getting a bonding procedure?
Call Town Center Dental Care in Wilsonville, OR at (503) 682-9191 for more information!