Dental bonding is a time-tested dental technique that repairs damaged teeth quickly and permanently. The key to its effectiveness is the strong adhesive used to join composite materials to a tooth.
This also makes it a simple treatment for cavities, repairing missing teeth or covering stained teeth. Crowns, veneers and bridges are all secured in the mouth using this same long-lasting dental adhesive. In addition, bonding can fill in cracks or chips, make gaps between teeth less noticeable, smooth tooth edges, make teeth wider or more symmetrical, and even give slightly crooked teeth the appearance of being straighter.
Bonding is an inexpensive alternative to veneers, and has the added benefit of preserving all of the natural tooth. When a patient selects porcelain veneers, some of the tooth’s enamel is ground away to accommodate the veneer that will be attached to the tooth. With bonding, composite material is applied directly to the tooth surface and sculpted by a dentist to cover imperfections.
Because no part of the natural tooth is removed, bonding can be reversed at a later date. Many patients prefer the freedom to change their mind, as well as the convenience and cost-effectiveness of bonding. By contrast, veneers do last longer than bonded material.
The procedure itself is quick and convenient. No X-rays or mouth molds are necessary, as the composite material will be shaped by your dentist. This is where the artistic skill of a dentist is as important as the precision of the technique. With an eye for balance and beauty, Dr. Añonuevo will ensure your dental bonding procedure is successful and satisfying.
When bonding is used to treat a cavity, Dr. Añonuevo typically applies a local anesthetic, although the procedure is so pain-free that sometimes even this modest step is not needed. Using a mild solution containing a low concentration of phosphoric acid, Dr. Añonuevo prepares the surface of the tooth and applies the bonding agent as a liquid.
Composite resin bonding material is added to the tooth meticulously, layer by layer. When it reaches sufficient volume, Dr. Añonuevo begins to mold it into the desired shape and size. At each stage a curing light is used to heat the material, sealing the bond. The curing light is focused on the tooth after each layer is applied; the process is repeated until the restoration has achieved maximum strength and beauty. As a final step, Dr. Añonuevo coats the tooth with a protective finish.
If you would like to discuss your specific dental needs with a respected, trustworthy dentist in Charlotte, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Añonuevo. Please call or email Inspire Dentistry of the Carolinas today to make your appointment.