Bonding is one of the most commonly used repair techniques available to a dentist. When you have a cavity, chipped or cracked tooth, gaps between the teeth or uneven edges on the tooth itself, the solution often involves attaching composite materials to the tooth with a strong dental adhesive. Crowns, bridges, veneers and inlays or onlays are all examples of restorative attachments that are bonded to teeth to improve the look and health of your mouth.
With direct composite bonding, experienced Charlotte dentist Dr. Charles Añonuevo carefully places a tooth-colored composite in the mouth to fill a cavity or treat an imperfection. Because the composite material can be sculpted into any shape or size, the bonded material can add balance to misshapen teeth, cover gaps, make crookedness less noticeable, fill cracks and add volume to teeth with chips. Composite bonding can even be used to cover up discoloration that does not respond to other teeth whitening options.
The technique can also be used as a convenient and less-costly alternative to veneers or crowns. In the case of veneers, the front of a tooth is covered with a thin porcelain or composite resin shell that masks imperfections. To make room for a porcelain veneer, and to firmly attach the veneer to the surface, some of the natural enamel is removed at the start of the procedure.
With dental bonding, by contrast, the structure of the tooth is not modified; composite material is bonded to the tooth in a quick process that can later be reversed, if desired. However, this type of bonded surface will not last as long as veneers.
Bonding is a quick and simple procedure, requiring no mouth impressions or X-rays. In the case of a cavity, a local anesthetic will be the first step, but many bonding applications require no numbing at all. Dr. Añonuevo will next use a mild phosphoric acid solution to prepare the tooth surface, and then apply a liquid bonding agent.
For direct composite bonding, Dr. Añonuevo will add layers of composite resin to the tooth, and gradually mold it like putty. When it has been sculpted into the ideal shape, he will use a curing light to seal the bond. This process of adding composite and hardening the material with the light will be repeated until he is satisfied with the strength and aesthetic appeal of the composite. A protective finish is applied as the final step.
If you would like to discuss your specific dental needs with a respected, trustworthy dentist in Charlotte, we invite you to book a consultation with Dr. Añonuevo. Please call or email Inspire Dentistry of the Carolinas today to make your appointment.