A chipped tooth can feel like your worst nightmare. Thanks to dental bonding, it doesn’t have to be. This quick and easy procedure is a non-invasive way to fix many other cosmetic concerns, as well, such as:
- Filling gaps between teeth
- Improving discolored teeth
- Changing the shape of the teeth
- Lengthening teeth
- Repairing chips and cracks
- Repairing tooth decay damage
How it works
First, Dr. Pappas will match the color of the material that matches your teeth best. Unless the bonding is being done to fill a decayed tooth, no anesthesia will be needed.
Next, the surface of the tooth is prepared for the bonding. A simple roughening of the surface followed by the application of a conditioning liquid is all that is needed to prepare the tooth.
The bonding material is then placed on the tooth. Thanks to its putty-like texture it can be molded and smoothed for a perfect fit and natural appearance. Once the desired placement is achieved, an ultraviolet light is used to help the material harden quickly.
Finally, Dr. Pappas will smooth and polish the bonding for a naturally beautiful finish.
How long it lasts?
The life of a dental bond depends on many factors. The location of the bonding is one of the biggest factors. If you grind or clench your teeth, during the day or while sleeping, this can place stress on the bonding and shorten its lifespan. In addition, using your teeth as a tool to open things or to chew on hard substances like ice can also damage a dental bonding. The bottom line is if you take good care of it, a dental bonding can last for many years.
A chipped tooth doesn’t have to be a nightmare. For questions on how dental bonding can help restore your smile, call us today at 602.957.9643.