Winston-Salem & Greensboro, NC
If a tooth is chipped, cracked or damaged, there are several different ways that we can take care of it. It is one of our goals here at Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates to make sure that you have a smile that you want to show off, not one that you are embarrassed to use. If you have a damaged tooth that is visible when you smile, you might not want to use your smile very often. There are different things that we can do to fix a tooth that needs repair. One of those things is dental bonding or tooth bonding.
How Tooth Bonding Can Give You Back Your Smile
The different options for fixing a tooth can take various amounts of time. The cost will vary as much as well. Tooth bonding is a fast and affordable way to fix a tooth.
You have probably heard a little bit about crowns. A crown is used to cover a tooth that is damaged. It can take two office visits to receive a crown. Fortunately, that is not the case with tooth bonding.
With tooth bonding, you will be given a new surface for part of your tooth. We will apply a composite resin to your tooth, and then shape it for you. The resin will match the color of the rest of your teeth, and when you are done, no one will know that you had the bonding done.
The bonding process is easy. First, we will find the right shade of composite resin to match your tooth; we do not want it to stand out. Next, we will use an abrasive material to create a rough spot on your tooth. We will add a liquid to your tooth that will help the resin to stay. We will then apply the resin and shape it. A light or a laser will then be used to harden the resin. The final part will be shaping the resin again and then polishing it. You will then have a tooth that looks like it was never damaged. It usually only takes one visit.
Bonding can be done for more than just a chipped or cracked tooth. If there is a gap between your teeth, we might fill it using bonding. It is also sometimes used to fill cavities. What is nice about dental bonding for cavities is that it looks natural, unlike a metal filling.
If you had a tooth bonded, you would need to remember it might stain more easily than your natural tooth. You will want to brush or at least rinse your mouth out with water after you eat or drink something that is known to stain. This would also be a good time to quit smoking — brush after eating, and floss as normal.
If you feel that something is off with your bond, contact us immediately. We here at Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates want to take a look and see what is going on. Bonds are made to last, but they are not as strong as natural teeth. Call us at (336) 331-5271 for more information.