Dental bonding is a cosmetic treatment used to improve or alter the appearance of your teeth. Bonding from our Fremont dental practice has various uses, from repairing damage like enamel erosion or chips and cracks to covering up tooth discoloration.
Bonding can even close small gaps or cover up slightly crooked teeth. While bonding is often used in tandem with tooth contouring which enables us to completely change the size and shape of your teeth, bonding can also be used in isolation.
When bonding is used on its own, we usually don’t need to use any local anesthetic because there’s no drilling involved so the procedure is painless and non-invasive. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Even though dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure, insurance may cover it if it is done to repair chips and cracks from dental trauma or damage from tooth decay.
Dr. Lamprecht will examine the teeth to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental bonding. X-rays may need to be taken to ensure that you don’t have severe damage or oral health problems.
Using a shade guide, our Fremont team will match the shade of the composite resin to the shade of your natural teeth.
Your tooth will be prepared for the bonding process by roughening up the surface of your tooth and then applying a conditioning liquid to help the adhesive stick.
The composite resin is then applied and molded to the desired shape before being cured with UV light.
Some additional shaping and trimming can be done after the resin has been cured. The tooth is then polished.
A good candidate for dental bonding is someone who has the following cosmetic problems with their teeth:
- Chips or cracks
- Small gaps
- Misaligned teeth
- Tooth discoloration
- Oddly shaped teeth
- Teeth that are too small
- Teeth that are too long
- Teeth that are too sharp
Bonding can be a great option for patients who have minor aesthetic issues or damage to their teeth. Severe damage may require root canal treatment or dental crowns. You should also be in good oral health with no signs of tooth decay or gum disease. Oral health problems need to be treated before proceeding with cosmetic treatment at our Fremont office.
No, dental bonding is a temporary procedure that lasts anywhere from 3 to 10 years depending on your lifestyle and oral hygiene. The composite resin material that we bond to your teeth can become damaged, broken, or dislodged over time from wear and tear. It’s the same material used in tooth-colored fillings.
To prolong the lifespan of your bonding procedure, brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Attend regular dental cleanings every 6 months, and avoid chewing excessively hard foods and objects (don’t use your teeth to open packages). If you grind your teeth, this can damage your natural teeth and restorations so wear a mouthguard at night.
The bonding procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.