What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is when our cosmetic dentist in Silver Spring uses a paste/resin to fill cavities, cracks and chips in your teeth, to bring a normal appearance to your teeth and give you the great smile you want.
Dental bonding is a common procedure performed in our Silver Spring dental office and is most often used to:
- Repair decayed, chipped, or cracked teeth
- Restore normal coloring to discolored teeth
- Change your smile’s shape by closing tooth spaces or making them look longer
- Protect your tooth’s root when your gums recede
- Act as an alternative to amalgam fillings, such as silver fillings
What’s the Procedure for Having a Tooth Bonded?
Here is a quick timeline:
Time-to-completion — 30 to 60 minutes per tooth
Preparation – little prep is needed and anesthesia is only used when filling a decayed tooth
- A shade guide is used to select a resin to match the color of your tooth.
- The surface of the tooth is roughened and a conditioning liquid applied.
- Then putty-like paste is applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape.
- An ultraviolet light or laser is then used to harden the material.
- The material is trimmed, shaped, and polished to match the rest of the tooth surface.
The Result – You will have a restored tooth matching the rest of your teeth, restoring your beautiful smile.
Dental Bonding has many advantages over veneers and crowns. As it is the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures because they take only one or two office visits to complete. They maintain your natural teeth as the least amount of your tooth is removed. . And for those who don’t do well with anesthesia, it is not used for most procedures.
Therefore, Silver Spring Dental Bonding is:
- Easy and Quick (Completed in one or two office visits)
- Inexpensive and works effectively
- Friendly for those people who don’t do well with anesthesia
- And maintains your natural teeth by removing less enamel than alternatives
It does, however, have some disadvantages. The material used is stain-resistant but not as resistant as other options. The bonding materials do not last as long nor are as strong as other restorative procedures. Meaning the bonding can stain, chip and break off the tooth.
Therefore, Dental Bonding:
- Is not as resistant to stains as other options
- Does not last as long or is as strong as alternatives
- And may not be the right choice for you
Is it Right for You?
Because of these limitations, dental bonding is best suited for small cosmetic changes, temporary corrections and for areas with very low bite pressure (Example: front teeth). The best cosmetic dentists in Silver Spring will create a seamless match with the rest of your smile.
And the only way to truly know if it is right for you is by calling Dr. Keith for his years of expertise. So find out today if it’s the best cosmetic approach for you and your particular problem by calling our cosmetic dentistry in Silver Spring at (301) 236-9000 to schedule an appointment!