Fast, minimally invasive, and long-lasting, tooth bonding is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can quickly repair damaged teeth and beautify your smile. Dr. Tam and her team at Healdsburg Dental Spa in Healdsburg, CA, offer this versatile procedure to deliver a secure and speedy dental repair for damaged or unsightly teeth.
What Is Tooth Bonding?Whether you call it cosmetic bonding or dental bonding, the tooth bonding procedure uses tooth-colored composite resin to conceal minor cosmetic defects. The bonding is color-matched to your natural enamel, so the treated tooth is indistinguishable from neighboring teeth.
Problems Fixed by Tooth BondingThis type of dental bonding is done quickly and usually without the need for any anesthesia. This repair is strong and robust and can last for decades if you take good care of your teeth and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and teeth cleanings. Bonding can be used to repair multiple dental problems and unsightly cosmetic issues, including:
- Broken teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Tooth decay
How Tooth Bonding WorksThe tooth bonding procedure is one of the simplest cosmetic dentistry treatments but is certainly no less powerful. The goal of this non-invasive procedure is to keep tooth structure intact and otherwise reinforce it, thereby eliminating any need for anesthesia or drilling. There is only one exception – if you are having tooth decay repaired with bonding, a local anesthetic may be needed for comfort while the cavity is removed. This is generally how the cosmetic bonding procedure works:
- Prep: The tooth is lightly roughened then coated with conditioning liquid.
- Application: The tooth-colored resin – matched to your tooth enamel – is painted over the surface of the tooth for as many coats as needed.
- Shaping: Bonding material is sculpted and shaped so it looks like a natural tooth, blends in with the teeth nearby, fills in any gaps, and ends up being the proper size.
- Curing: The bonding material is hardened in place with a laser or ultraviolet light.
- Completion: Once the procedure is finished, the final step is to polish the tooth so it is smooth and looks natural.