Tooth bonding is a restorative dentistry treatment that helps to restore defective teeth and improve their appearance. This can be used in many different scenarios, such as to help fix teeth that have been chipped, cracked, or missing altogether. Although tooth bonding might not be permanent, the cosmetic benefits are long-lasting and there are a few steps you can take to preserve the bonding for a long period of time.
What is Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding is a restorative dental treatment that attaches composite resin material to natural teeth to fill gaps and replace missing tooth structures. The basic procedure involves removing decay from the affected tooth and filling it with an adhesive and composite powder. The surface of the affected area is then shaped using a high-speed drill, which shaves off excess material and creates a smooth surface for bonding. This type of resin will match the color of the teeth. A dentist will shape and polish the teeth to leave them looking clean, attractive, and natural.
How Long Does Tooth Bonding Last?
Tooth bonding typically lasts 5-10 years. The composite bonding material is weaker than the natural structure of your teeth so it will break down over time. Teeth grinding, chewing hard foods, and improper cleaning can cause the bonding to break down quickly so it is important that you continue caring for your teeth after the procedure. Bonding can also stain differently than the enamel of your tooth. If you have dental bonding on the front teeth, that staining will be more noticeable than stains on the back teeth so patients often need a touch-up sooner.
How Do You Know When Tooth Bonding Needs to be Replaced?
Any differences in the shape or appearance of the bonded teeth warrant a dental visit. Lifted corners, sharp edges of the teeth, and a change in your bite are a few key factors to look out for. This could indicate loose bonding which could leave your uncovered teeth or the surrounding teeth at risk of damage. The loose resin could chip or crack the teeth if you accidentally bite down on it.
How to Make Your Tooth Bonding Last
To help your bonding last as long as possible, brush your teeth twice per day with a quality toothpaste. Brush gently and don’t scrub the teeth. Flossing regularly with the proper technique is also important to maintain dental bonding and your overall oral health. If you aren’t sure whether you are flossing correctly, ask your dentist and we will be happy to give you tips and show you the correct technique. Finally, avoid foods and drinks like tea or coffee that easily stain the teeth. When you do drink these beverages, rinse your mouth with water to avoid staining.
Schedule an Appointment
The dental bonding procedure is a good alternative for patients that do want to undergo the more invasive and expensive process of dental veneers or crowns. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Koster at Locus Valley Dentists to determine if dental bonding is right for you.
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