Dental Bonding Explained

October 22, 2014 Tagged: , |

Dental Treatments

Dr. Christopher Baer is an experienced dentist providing the latest treatments for general and cosmetic dentistry. Patients in Aurora, Denver, Parker, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO receive treatment for a range of dental problems at his state of the art facility. Dr. Baer completed his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry in 2004 and followed it up with Advanced Education in General Dentistry.

He is also a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Baer provides a number of innovative treatments, including dental bonding, which is a conservative approach to tooth restoration.

What is Bonding?

Dental bonding is an effective cosmetic dental treatment to improve the appearance of a tooth that is slightly broken, chipped, discolored, or crooked. The procedure involves the placement of a tooth-colored material to match with the natural appearance of the teeth, and restore the fuller look of the affected tooth. Bonding can also be used for dental fillings.

From a cosmetic point of view, bonding fillings are better because they merge with the natural color of the teeth. The entire procedure can usually be completed in a single visit to the dentist’s office. The downside with dental bonding is that it is not as durable as porcelain veneers, but it is possible to patch up or repair it in a single visit.

Why You Need Bonding?

Dental bonding is an effective cosmetic option for patients who need a minor, quick, and affordable tooth restoration solution. It can be used in the following conditions:

  • To fill the cavities caused by dental decay
  • To make worn out teeth appear fuller
  • To fix broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • To make the stained or discolored teeth look natural
  • To fill the gaps between teeth
  • To improve the shape of crooked teeth
  • To preserve tooth root exposed due to gum recession
  • To substitute for conspicuous amalgam fillings

Procedure

Minimal preparation is required for dental bonding procedure. Local anesthesia may be used only if bonding is being used to fill a major cavity. As a first step, the dentist will choose the closest matching shade of resin bond to go with the color of teeth. Tooth surface will be prepared and some conditioning liquid will be applied.

Dental bond in the form of a putty-like resin will be applied on the targeted area and smoothed and molded to the desired shape. The bonding will be hardened with a UV light or laser beam. Trimming, shaping, and polishing of the bonded surface will be performed after hardening in order to match the appearance of the rest of the teeth. The entire procedure is usually completed in less than an hour.

Benefits

Dental bonding is one of the most conservative and simplest cosmetic dental treatments. Dental crowns and veneers must be fabricated in a lab and may require multiple visits, but bonding can often be completed in a single visit to the dental office. Unlike other procedures, bonding involves minimal tooth preparation and negligible removal of tooth enamel.

Anesthesia can be avoided, except when bonding is being done to fill a cavity. However, it is important to remember that dental bonding is not very resistant to stains, and it durability is also lower compared to other treatments such as amalgam fillings, porcelain veneers or crowns.

Care for Bonded Teeth

With dental bonding, it is advisable to avoid chewing very hard food materials, or chewing on ice or biting fingernails. Eating and drinking strongly colored foods and beverages should be avoided as far as possible. Cigarette smoke, tea, and coffee may cause stains on the bonded surface over a prolonged use. Fantastic oral hygiene practices should be followed and periodic dental cleanings by a professional hygienist should be undertaken.

Sustainability

Bonding is a fairly sustainable treatment if the patient maintains committed oral hygiene practices and avoids chewing on hard foods or other objects. In most cases, bonding may last for anywhere between three and 10 years, depending on how the patient maintains it. In some cases, touching up or repair can prolong the life of dental bonding.

Dental Bonding with Dr. Christopher Baer

As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Baer has received advanced training in various aesthetic procedures. He is also experienced in major restorative procedures such as dental implants, gum surgery, and root canals. Many patients in Aurora, Denver, Parker, Elizabeth, and Franktown, CO have received general, cosmetic, and restorative treatment from Dr. Baer with satisfying results.