If you have a tooth with a crack, chip, or severe discoloration, a tooth bonding treatment could be of help. Our staff uses a composite resin that is the same shade as your tooth to restore the damage done to your teeth. This method is sought after, since it is relatively inexpensive compared to other dental procedures such as veneers or crowns, and does not require invasive surgery. If you require a tooth bonding procedure, our staff at Randolph Center for Dental Excellence is here to help you.
How Does Tooth Bonding Work?
Tooth bonding is a relatively easy procedure that doesn’t require the use of local anesthetic, which is desirable for many with only minor cracks, chips, or discoloration in their teeth. It also can be performed in only one dental visit, making it one of the easiest dental procedures to perform. Like all visits, you will first have to undergo a dental exam and a possible x-ray to ensure no other damage was done to the tooth. If there is no extensive damage to the tooth, our team will continue with the tooth bonding procedure.
Our staff will inspect the tooth and match the color with a composite resin that will be applied. The tooth surface will be roughened and, most times, evened out to ensure a successful procedure. A bonding liquid is then applied to the tooth, which will ensure the composite resin stays on and hardens correctly. The composite resin is then placed on the bonding liquid, where it is then shaped and molded to look as close as possible to your natural adjacent teeth. Once we get the molding perfect, ultraviolet light is used to harden the composite resin and to completely dry the bonding liquid. We will then inspect the tooth to ensure it matches, otherwise further shaping will be performed. A light polishing will then be performed to match the surrounding teeth.
A tooth bonding procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes to complete. If you need several teeth bonded, this may require multiple visits to complete each one. After a tooth bonding is completed, there is no recovery time and you can resume normal daily activities.
Risks Associated With Tooth Bonding
Since tooth bonding is a non-invasive procedure, there are relatively few risks associated with it. The highest risk you face is the tooth may chip or break if you bite into anything too hard. The composite resin placed on the tooth is not nearly as strong as the natural tooth, which is why it is more likely to chip or break than other procedures such as a crown or veneers. This may require a slight change in chewing habits, foods you can consume, and bad habits such as biting your nails or on pens.
Your bonding is also more susceptible to staining, especially within the first 48 hours following the surgery. We recommend avoiding foods and beverages that cause staining, such as tea, coffee and wine, as well as avoiding smoking tobacco. After the first 48 hours, you can resume consuming these products with little-to-no adverse effects. The bonding material requires just as much attention and care as your natural teeth, so good oral hygiene habits are necessary to keep the material from discoloring.
Tooth bonding is a simple fix that is also known to be an inexpensive way to repair your chipped, slightly cracked, or discolored teeth. If you think this is the best procedure for you, contact our Randolph Center for Dental Excellence office today at (336) 444-2772 to schedule an appointment. We will provide you with the best dental treatments so you can get your radiant smile back.