In cases wherein veneers and fillings won’t work, dental bonding is the alternative recommended by dentists. The procedure itself is not painful and no anesthesia is required. Of course, the exception is when the bonding material will be used on an already decayed tooth. This bonding procedure improves an individual’s smile through closure of gaps between teeth, lengthening of a tooth, repair of damage due to chipping, and protection of exposed surfaces in an instance wherein the gums recede.
Dental patients can enjoy the benefit of getting to spend less on this type of procedure. In addition to this, the whole bonding process is less complicated when compared to fitting in of porcelain veneers or implants. Unlike the procedure of installing veneers, bonding is minimally invasive to the enamel. Only a small portion of the surface to be used for bonding is removed. This means that the possibility of the teeth becoming sensitive to heat and cold is reduced.
Of course, there are also risks that an individual will have to deal with if he or she will choose to go for dental bonding. One of the most obvious is that the bonded portions of the tooth could easily get discolored or stained. Materials used for bonding teeth are also known for brittleness. A person with dentally bonded teeth has to be very careful when eating or doing other activities. Chipping or breaking of teeth is always possible.
The simplicity of the entire process of bonding is what makes people choose it easily over other restorative dental procedures. During the first part of the procedure, the dentist just examines the teeth and chooses a bonding material that matches its color. Next, the surface of the tooth will be roughed and conditioned. A putty-like material is then applied to the surface and shaped according to the desired results.
McLoud Family Dentistry uses laser to harden the newly applied material. The surface will still undergo shaping, trimming, and adjusting while the hardening process is being completed. While dental bonding usually takes a maximum time of 1 hour, there is always an assurance of impressive results in the end.