Dental bonding is a cosmetic and restorative procedure to recover natural tooth shape and enhance the patient’s smile. Tooth-colored resin is placed and molded onto the damaged tooth and then cured with a special hardening light. People with chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth are ideal candidates for this procedure.
Tooth bonding can last up to a decade and is a painless and simple procedure that can enhance your smile.
Some of the benefits tooth bonding offers include:
- It is one of the easiest and most cost-effective solutions for dental improvements.
- The whole process can be done in a single session.
- It is minimally invasive.
- It is painless.
- It has various purposes, like repairing a chipped, cracked tooth, closing a gap, or changing a discolored tooth.
Dental bonding is a reversible and minimally invasive procedure, unlike veneers, where major grinding and enamel removal are involved.
Since dental bonding is not a permanent procedure, it can last up to 10 years, while veneers could last twice that long with proper care. Dr. Sunistch will review your case individually and offer you the option that best suits your needs.
If you are looking for an option to enhance your smile or make general dental repairs, you might be a suitable candidate for tooth bonding. This procedure can be used to:
Dr. Sunitsch might ask about your recent medical history during your dental bonding consultation and examine your mouth. Learning about your lifestyle and dietary habits helps determine if you are a proper candidate for the procedure.
If you have dental decay, cavities, or any gum disease, your dentist will probably advise you to focus on those issues first.
Once Dr. Sunistch has approved that the procedure is suitable for you, the steps can include the following:
- The damaged tooth or teeth will be cleaned with a dental solution.
- Your dentist will match the resin to your teeth color.
- Resin will be placed and shaped to achieve the desired look.
- UV lighting and heat will be applied to cure and harden the material
- Your dentist will file and polish the bonding to ensure a proper shape and shine.
The whole procedure is completed in a single session; it is painless and usually does not take more than 30 minutes.
Compared to other restorative and cosmetic procedures, dental bonding can chip or break easily. However, with proper care, they won't need a retouch for several years.
There is no recovery time needed since you'll be able to eat, smile, and speak normally immediately after your dental bonds are put into place.
Besides flossing, brushing your teeth constantly, and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups, we recommend avoiding the following:
- Chewing hard foods
- Picking the treated tooth
- Using sharp objects inside your mouth
Dental bonding can last from 3 to 10 years if you follow proper care protocols and your dentist’s recommendations.
Pine Desert Dental offers tooth bonding services to help patients maintain optimal oral health and aesthetic. Dr. Zach Sunitsch and the Pine Desert Dental team can handle all your dental needs.
He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Oregon Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. We offer comprehensive dental services, including restorative dentistry.
If you need a dental implant or would like a personal case evaluation, call us at (541) 549-01-09 or request an appointment online. You can also visit us at our clinic in Sisters, Oregon.