Dental bonding is an inexpensive method to conduct minor dental repairs. If a patient has a stained, chipped or broken tooth, bonding can improve the look and feel of the tooth without being as expensive as other remedial dental procedures. In addition, this procedure may be covered by insurance, making the total expense affordable for the patient.
What Is Dental Bonding?
A procedure of cosmetic dentistry, dental bonding involves using a compound material that is the same color as natural teeth. This material is applied on the tooth and then sculpted accordingly to the shape of the tooth. When hardened, the material becomes part of the tooth and is finally polished to make it look natural, as if it were part of the real tooth.
Since the materials used in the process bond with the tooth, the procedure is commonly known as bonding. Besides being used for broken, chipped, or stained teeth, dental bonding is also used as a filling for relatively small cavities since it is the same color as natural teeth and does not stand out like a silver filling.
What Does Dental Bonding Entail?
A dentist begins by applying a mild phosphoric acid to the tooth’s surface to roughen and etch the surface. This helps the material used for bonding stay in place. Then the material used for bonding, which feels and looks like putty, is placed on the surface of the tooth. Now your dentist begins the shape and sculpting process so it looks like a natural and intact tooth. In order to allow the material to harden, an ultraviolet light is utilized. Once solidified, the material is buffed and polished to give it a glossy finish.
How to Maintain Dental Bonding
It is important to take special care of bonded teeth so they continue to look natural. To start with, the consumption of drinks such as tea, red wine and coffee should be done in moderation. In addition, besides causing oral cancer and gum disease, smoking discolors dental bonding, so it should be avoided at all costs.
Dental bonding requires expertise and skill so it is vital to choose an experienced dentist who has conducted the procedure before. Dr. Omid Farahmand, an experienced and respected dentist in West Hollywood who will produce the best result possible for your dental needs whether it be dental bonding or any other cosmetic procedure. For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit www.ofdentalcare.com or contact us at 310.273.3650.