Tooth bonding is a fast, affordable treatment that is usually completed in a single visit to Dr. Blaylock’s Durham dentist office.
Is Tooth Bonding Right For You?
Dental bonding can be both a cosmetic and restorative dental treatment that can be used to:
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Make teeth look longer
- Improve the shape of teeth
About the Tooth Bonding Procedure
Minimal tooth preparation is needed for a dental bonding procedure. Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Dr. Blaylock will select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your natural teeth for virtually unnoticeable treatment.
The surface of the tooth will be roughened slightly and a conditioning liquid is applied to help the resin adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored, puttylike resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. The material is hardened by an ultraviolet light or laser. Once the composite has cured, Dr. Blaylock will trim, shape and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
A dental bonding procedure is usually completed in a single visit and takes less than an hour to complete.
How long does tooth bonding last?
Typically, bonding material lasts from 3 to about 10 years before it needs to be touched up or replaced, depending on the amount of bonding and your oral habits.
Cosmetic dental bonding is an affordable and conservative treatment option for patients who have small chips or cracks in their teeth. If you have more significant chips or cracks, Dr. Blaylock may recommend porcelain veneers or dental crowns to reinforce the tooth and restore proper function.