Dental Bonding

Cosmetic tooth bonding is a conservative dental procedure that can be used for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or “misarranged” in position.  Bonding can sometimes be an alternative procedure to dental veneer placement. 

How does dental bonding work?

The teeth are prepared for the procedure by decay removal (if needed) followed by surface preparation or conditioning by a liquid etchant.  A special bonding liquid or adhesive is then applied and “cured” with a dental curing light.  Placement of composite resin bonding material is then sculpted into place followed by more “curing”.  Contouring, trimming, and polishing then follow to provide a natural life-like appearance to the new restoration blending it with the adjacent teeth.  

Considerations

Bonding procedures can often be completed in a single office visit and can significantly improve the appearance of teeth.  However, keep in mind the composite resin used for bonding is not as strong as natural tooth enamel and can be more likely to stain, chip or break.  Dental bonding generally has a life span of three to five years depending on the area of placement on the tooth, daily diet, and regimen of home care. 

Please call our office at 423-929-7146 or contact us online with any questions regarding dental bonding.