A Reconstructive Procedure
composite resin, similar to what we use for dental fillings, to reconstruct the tooth. It is a malleable substance that we can sculpt to take whatever shape you want. Once the treatment is over, you’ll have a reconstructed tooth that looks as natural as your healthy teeth.
As the name suggests, dental bonding is the application of composite resin to the damaged part of a tooth. But before we do that, we first roughen the surface a little to give the resin something to grip (the smoother the surface, the higher the possibility of the resin coming loose). We then lather a conditioning liquid on the area before finally adding the resin.
Unlike with dental veneers, we don’t need to take impressions of your teeth or fabricate composite material at a lab. Teeth reduction (the calculated removal of enamel to make way for dental appliances) is also very minimal, if at all necessary. We apply the resin directly on your teeth and manipulate its shape then and there.
Our dentists are adept at sculpting the resin so the finished tooth matches the adjacent ones in size and alignment. As soon as we have the desired shape, we use a special dental light to accelerate the bonding process and make the resin harden in place.
The entire procedure is quick and painless: it is non-invasive, and we can have everything done in one visit. It might take longer than an hour, however, if you have several teeth that need reconstruction.
Other things you need to know about dental bonding:
Cosmetic and Functional Benefits
In the process of restoring the shape of damaged teeth, we get the opportunity to adjust the shape of each tooth so that you get the smile you’ve always wanted to have.
We’ve performed dental bonding to achieve the following cosmetic goals:
Dental bonding also offers functional benefits:
Caring for Bonded Teeth
Bonded teeth are low-maintenance; all you really need to do is practice good oral hygiene, like brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and gargling with an antiseptic mouthwash. Doing so will keep your mouth clean and your bonded teeth stain-free.
Lastly, keep your bonded teeth intact by avoiding eating hard food and biting on your fingernails or plastic wrapping. Patients with Bruxism should also wear mouthguards while sleeping to prevent chipping.
Learn more about dental bonding, its benefits, and aftercare tips at Shea Dental. Visit our clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, or call to schedule an appointment.