In dental bonding, a tooth-colored composite material is applied to the tooth and hardened with a special light. Bonding can be used to:
- Repair tooth decay
- Close spaces in-between teeth
- Repair cracks or chips in teeth
- Make minor changes to the shape of the tooth
- Protect sensitive teeth
- Improve your smile
Bonding restores the beauty and function of your teeth. Following the procedure, your smile will be brighter and your teeth will be stronger, your smile brighter. The smile you’ve always wanted may be closer than you think. Like most restorative services, your bonded tooth may need to be replaced or treated in the future. However, these restorations usually last for many years before any replacements or repairs are needed.
Bonding your tooth can usually be completed in one visit. Before the bonding, the surface of the tooth is conditioned and prepared for the application of resin, a putty-like material. The resin is carefully applied to the tooth, where Dr. Bigelow will sculpt, shape and color it to match the naturally grown teeth in your mouth. After the application, a high-intense light will be applied to make the resin harden or bond your tooth’s surface. The resin is then polished and smooth to feel and look like a natural tooth.
After the procedure, Dr. Bigelow will tell you how to care for and maintain your newly-bonded tooth. By following consistent hygiene practices, your bonded tooth will last longer.