Dental Bonding is a procedure that fills in gaps in your broken, chipped or cracked teeth. This type of restoration is an example of cosmetic surgery. It is somewhat similar to fillings; however with dental bonding, it looks and feels more real than fillings. Dental bonding entails texturizing the tooth’s enamel with the use of a composite ceramic resin that is carefully placed on the damaged area of your tooth. At first, it may feel a little rough on the surface due to the composite material, but after the layer hardens in a couple of minutes, another of layer is placed on top of the first one. The entire process will take about an hour or two, depending on the situation and damage of the tooth.
How does it work?
After slight preparation, the tooth is etched with a weak phosphoric acid solution to create a more porous and rougher surface for increased bonding strength. Next, a composite (plastic) resin in placed on the tooth and shaped, contoured and hardened with a special curing light. It is then further shaped and highly polished creating a very natural appearance. The procedure usually requires only one visit and is not painful.
How long will Bonding last?
The bonded composite has an average life of four to eight years, and often lasts longer depending on how and where in the mouth it is applied and how it is maintained. The area can be touched up and even re-bonded over time as necessary.