If your teeth are cracked, chipped or severely stained, dental bonding can help restore your “perfect” smile. Dental bonding is a restorative dental procedure in which our Solana Beach dentist applies a tooth-colored resin material to the outer surface of your tooth. Our team in Solana Beach then uses a special light to “bond” the resin material to the tooth, for a seamless finish that restores your smile. Dental bonding is one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures and provides many important benefits for our patients.
Our Solana Beach dentist uses dental bonding to repair chipped or cracked teeth, to improve the appearance of discolored teeth, to make teeth look longer and to otherwise change the shape of teeth. The composite resins used in dental bonding can also be used to repair decayed teeth by filling in cavities or to repair a portion of a tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums receded. Additionally, Dentist Solana Beach offers dental bonding as a cosmetic dentistry alternative to amalgam fillings.
Little advanced preparation is necessary for dental bonding, which makes it a popular restorative choice. In fact, anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill in a decayed tooth. Our Solana Beach dentist will use a shade guide to select a composite resin that closely matches the color of your current teeth. This ensures a seamless finish for a perfect smile.
During the bonding process, the surface of the tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid applied. This process helps the bonding material better adhere to the tooth’s surface. Next, tooth-colored resin is applied, molded and smoothed to the desired shape. Our dentist will then use an ultraviolet light or laser to harden the material. After the resin material has hardened, our dentist will trim, shape, polish and refine the finish. This produces a sheen that perfectly matches the surface of your currently teeth.
Dental bonding is a very fast procedure that can typically be completed in 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your restorative dentistry needs. Unlike veneer and crowns, which are customized tooth coverings that must be manufactured in advance, dental bonding can typically be completed in a single visit. This means that dental bonding is usually a more affordable restorative option. Additionally, unless bonding is done to fill a cavity, anesthesia is typically not required, making dental bonding an easy “in and out” procedure. However, it is important to know that dental bonding resin is not completely stain resistant. Additionally, bonding materials can chip and break off a tooth. Despite these limitations, dental bonding is still a beneficial option for many patients.
Our Solana Beach dentist recommends scheduling a personal consultation to learn more about dental bonding and determine whether this cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for your oral health needs. To schedule your appointment, contact our dentist in Solana Beach today at (858) 481-7155.