When you suffer decay, chips, cracks, breaks, or stains on your teeth, your dentist can fix these unsightly and sometimes painful problems. One of the most accessible and affordable methods used by dentists today is dental bonding. Bonding suits most budgets, repairs teeth quickly, and gets you back to smiling confidently in just one dental visit.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Of all of the dental services offered for tooth repair, bonding is one of the most affordable. This service uses tooth-colored composite resin to fix your decayed, chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. Your dentist applies the material to prepared teeth and polishes it to appear natural. The plastic material even works well for covering unsightly problems like stains and discoloration.
Dental bonding provides an excellent option instead of dental veneers. Veneers cost much more and require multiple dental visits for a custom fit. But bonding fixes your teeth quickly and gets you back to your normal routine within about an hour.
Bonding gets its name from how it applies to your teeth. For decay and cracks, the material literally bonds to your natural tooth surface. But the composite resin also easily forms into a natural tooth appearance. The dentist at Lovett Dental Sharpstown will color matches surrounding teeth, then shape the resin before polishing it to a natural sheen.
What Problems Does Dental Bonding Fix?
Bonding works well in comparison to other more expensive cosmetic procedures when your teeth suffer reparable damage. In fact, this service proves so common that it is part of general dentistry services but used for cosmetic purposes and restoration of teeth. Your insurance even helps pay for bonding, if not covering the procedure completely.
Your dentist uses bonding for a wide range of tooth problems. These include:
- Cosmetic improvement of tooth appearance
- Improving discolored teeth
- Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- Filling cavities
- Fixing broken teeth
- Closing spaces between teeth
- Making teeth appear longer or more uniform
When you suffer exposed tooth roots from receding gums, your dentist also uses composite resin to protect those vulnerable roots from decay.
Bonding requires no real preparation. You do not need anesthesia for this procedure unless you suffer tooth decay and need bonding to fill the cavity.
How Your Dentist Bonds Your Tooth
Your dentist at Lovett Dental Sharpstown starts the bonding process by selecting a shade for the material to match your natural teeth. He uses a shade guide for this. After selecting the color, he etches or abrades the surface of the tooth needing repair and applies a conditioning liquid. This helps the material bond to the tooth.
Your dentist applies the putty-like composite resin to your tooth and shapes it to appear natural. He uses a UV light or laser to harden the material.
Once the bonding material hardens, your dentist trims and shapes it for a refined appearance. The last step is polishing the resin to give it a sheen matching your surrounding teeth.
This whole process only takes about a half-hour to an hour. When you need multiple teeth restored, you possibly need to schedule multiple appointments.
Get Tooth Bonding at Lovett Dental Sharpstown
Your dentist at Lovett Dental Sharpstown uses composite resin dental bonding for many purposes, including those listed above. Other services provided by your Sharpstown dentist include:
- Teeth whitening
- Clear plastic aligners and metal-free dentistry
- Same-day crowns
- Root canals
- Cosmetic dentistry
- General dentistry
- Metal-free dentistry
Contact Lovett Dental Sharpstown now at 281-975-5560 to schedule your first visit. Ask the dentist whether you need dental bonding and how this process helps you achieve an attractive, natural-looking smile.