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At Carolina Dental Arts in Raleigh and Goldsboro, North Carolina, helping you maintain a strong, healthy smile is our top priority. When your teeth are healthy and strong, they serve their intended functions of chewing, biting and smiling. When the enamel breaks down, you chip a tooth or tooth decay sets in, you no longer have the great smile you want. You can also struggle with chewing and biting. In these circumstances, teeth bonding repairs chipped or damaged teeth and restores normal function while preventing additional damage.
What is Teeth Bonding?
Teeth bonding, also called dental bonding, is a restorative and cosmetic dental procedure performed by your dentist at Carolina Dental Arts in Raleigh or Goldsboro, North Carolina. It repairs cracked, broken or chipped teeth. The natural looking, tooth-colored bonding material also helps improve the appearance of discolored teeth. Your dentist can use it to fill gaps between teeth or even make a short tooth longer to even out your smile.
Teeth bonding involves use of a composite resin that adheres to your natural tooth material. This is why many people call the process composite bonding. Whether your dentist applies the material to fill a tooth or correct other cosmetic issues, the composite material looks natural.
Most patients want their teeth bonded to fill in gaps or fix cracks in their teeth and restore the natural beauty of their smile. But this material also serves an important oral health purpose. It restores normal chewing and prevents additional damage.
Is Teeth Bonding Right for Me?
If your dentist suggests dental bonding, you can feel sure that it will correct issues in your mouth. This recommendation is typically for minor problems with teeth, not for heavily decayed teeth. Typically, where there is severe decay, it is better to extract the natural tooth and replace it with an implant. Dental implants with a crown function much like your real teeth, replacing the tooth and its root.
Teeth bonding works best for those already happy with their tooth color. If you want teeth whitening, this process brightens your natural tooth surfaces but does not brighten the composite material. For this reason, you should whiten first and have composite bonding after that cosmetic process.
Process of Composite Teeth Bonding
Teeth bonding is a relatively quick and pain-free process used widely in modern dentistry. You only need anesthesia or nitrous oxide if you also require a filling or dramatic filing down of your tooth surface. Sometimes anesthesia is necessary when a tooth chip occurs near a nerve.
Before starting your composite bonding procedure, your Carolina Dental Arts dentist chooses a composite resin color that most closely matches your natural tooth color. After preparing the composite material with this color match, he or she etches the surface of your affected tooth. This prepares the surface for the bonding agent, making it easier for the composite material to stick.
Your dentist applies the composite resin to the tooth and sculpts it to repair your tooth damage. This molding of the material also ensures you have a natural-looking tooth shape when the process is complete. A UV light dries and hardens the composite resin.
Dental bonding is very safe. The entire process only takes minutes and involves no risks. Composite resin is also easily repaired when damaged. But the hard material typically proves stronger than veneers and crowns.
Caring for Your Bonded Teeth
Although nothing matches the strength of your natural tooth enamel, composite resin provides a close second for your teeth. Still, you need to care for these restorations just like you care for the rest of your smile.
It is important to avoid some activities that can damage your composite bonding, such as:
- Chewing on pens or pencils
- Crunching ice cubes
- Biting into hard candies
- Drinking too much coffee
- Drinking too much red wine
The above activities can break the bonded material or stain it. Even teeth whitening will not improve the appearance of yellowed or stained bonding.
Overall, you must still brush your teeth twice daily and floss each day, too. You need to continue seeing your dentist every six months or as they recommend for your best oral health. If you notice problems with your teeth bonding or break one of these restorations, contact your dentist right away.
Teeth Bonding in Raleigh and Goldsboro, North Carolina
Carolina Dental Arts dentists perform teeth bonding in each of our dental offices, including:
In fact, dental bonding is one of the most common procedures performed in our dental offices. Bonding is an excellent means of repairing cracked teeth, chipped teeth and gapped teeth. It reconstructs tooth surfaces and fills your cavity after tooth decay. This painless restoration lasts a long time and helps you maintain pride in your smile.
Of course, to receive composite bonding, you first need to schedule a dental visit. Our caring dentists must evaluate your oral health and tooth problems to ensure the procedure is the right solution. We work hard to provide the best possible dental care, including bonding with precise color matching. If this is not the best option for your smile, we offer multiple other methods of restoring your smile to its best appearance and functioning.
Schedule your visit with one of Carolina Dental Arts’ Goldsboro or Raleigh, NC dental offices today.