Step 1: No drilling is required. The concerned tooth surface is prepared with an etching solution that allows the composite resins to adhere.
Step 2: To get a matching color for your teeth, differently colored resins are carefully blended.
Step 3: Application of the resin. It is contoured into the required shape and hardened using either a special light or a chemical process. The final step is polishing to give it a natural look.
Are You a Suitable Candidate for Tooth Bonding or Composite Filling?
If you have any queries about bonding, or any other aspect of your treatment with us, please do not hesitate to let us know your concerns. Contact our office at 512-872-3658 to speak to our dentists about the particulars of your situation. We are always ready to help.
Dental Bonding with Tooth-Colored Composites in Austin
Bonding refers to the application of a tooth-colored composite resin or plastic material to repair chipped, discolored, decayed, or fractured teeth.
Bonding is a single-appointment procedure that can be used as a cost-effective alternative to veneers. While veneers are fabricated in a laboratory using a customized mold to achieve the right fit, bonding is usually done on the spot - in a single appointment.
What is Teeth Bonding - Uses of Dental Bonding
Bonding is an easy dental procedure that is mostly used almost exclusively for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a chipped or discolored tooth. Regardless of its use, the procedure delivers very attractive results.
Common uses of bonding include:
- Masking deep stains - some medications, like antibiotics, given to children while their permanent teeth are developing can cause unsightly dark staining deep in the teeth. Bonding can effectively cover these stains.
- Repairing chips and cracks and closing gaps - composite resins can be used to close small spaces between front teeth, and to repair some chips and cracks. This procedure not only improves your appearance, but also protects damaged teeth.
- Protecting exposed roots - composite resins can also be used to protect exposed tooth roots resulting from gum recession. Since the largest element in the roots is dentin – a softer tissue than enamel – roots tend to be more susceptible to wear, decay, and erosion. Applying composite resins to the tooth roots helps to address sensitivity to extreme temperatures that arises when the tooth roots are exposed.
- Restoring decayed teeth - composite resins are also used to fill small cavities, even in front teeth, because they are tooth-colored. In fact, it is virtually impossible to distinguish composite resin bonding from natural tooth.
- Bonding can also be used as an alternative to amalgam fillings - or to protect a section of the tooth’s root that has been exposed following gum recession.