Summertime is the ideal time to be outside, getting active and having a great time with friends and family. But during these times you may run into an accident or two – accidents that can damage your teeth. Thankfully, a dental visit can likely remedy any tooth that may have been cracked, broken or damaged from decay. There are a variety of procedures that can repair any tooth damage, one being dental bonding.
Now, we know that there are many things that can lead to dental bonding, but what does it entail? Don’t worry – little advance preparation is needed for dental bonding. Anesthesia won’t even be necessary, unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth.
First, your dentist will use a shade guide to closely match the color of your tooth. The surface of the tooth will then be roughened and conditioned to help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored, putty-like resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. An ultraviolet light or laser is then used to harden the material. After the material is hardened, your dentist will further trim and shape it, and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface. All in all, a typical dental bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.
Not only does dental bonding repair chipped or cracked teeth, but it is also recommended for those individuals who suffer from tooth discoloration. Avoid suffering from stains that never seem to go away no matter how hard you try because dental bonding will allow you to achieve your ideal, bright smile.
For more information about dental bonding, call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.
Drs. Barmby and Frick proudly serve patients from Walnut Creek and all surrounding areas.