Tooth Bonding Bismarck, ND
What is Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding, also known as dental bonding, is an excellent option for repairing most minor flaws in your teeth, such as chips or gaps. When your tooth is damaged, it is important to repair it immediately. At Deeter Dental, our Bismarck cosmetic dentists can apply tooth bonding to your teeth in a natural-looking way that matches the color of your tooth, creating a seamless correction that protects your tooth from additional breaking or chipping.
Dental Bonding Candidates
Many people can be good candidates for tooth bonding. Depending on the reason for treatment, such as for gum recession, other protocols may need to be performed either before or in conjunction with bonding treatment.
What Teeth Issues Can Bonding Fix?
- Chips and cracks
- Disproportionately small teeth
- Erosion or decay
- Small gaps between teeth
- Slight discoloration or stains
- Protect exposed roots related to gum recession
Tooth Bonding Process
Repairing your tooth or building up tooth material with tooth bonding is particularly ideal because, unlike porcelain dental inlays and onlays, it does not require our dentists to remove any healthy tooth material before it can be applied. Dr. Matt, Dr. Terry, or Dr. Lucas will simply select the appropriate color of dental composite and apply it in layers to the damaged area of your tooth.
Each layer is shaped and then hardened with a special light before the next layer is applied, creating a surface similar in hardness to your tooth enamel. The final layer of tooth bonding acts as a sealant and is polished to become virtually indistinguishable from your tooth enamel.
Tooth Bonding for Gaps between Teeth
If you have noticeable gaps between your teeth, tooth bonding can close those gaps by building up the tooth mass between the adjacent teeth and making the gap smaller. This is a common solution for individuals who have gaps between their two front teeth.
Tooth bonding can also be used as an alternative to more costly porcelain veneers if you have gaps between your teeth or if your teeth are too small for your mouth. In younger patients with too-small teeth, dental bonding is an excellent option to build up the size and even out the shape of teeth.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is advantageous because treatment can be conducted in a single office visit. The results of bonding are immediate and there is no downtime with the procedure. In some cases, patients can undergo treatment without local anesthetic.
The disadvantage of dental bonding is that retreatment may be necessary more quickly than with an alternative such as a dental crown or porcelain veneer. Bonding material is composed of composite resin, which may not be appropriate for large restorative or cosmetic work due to its contrast to natural enamel. For example, the bonding material is not see-through. The edges of teeth are see-through. Placing bonding material at the edge of a tooth will alter its natural appearance.
Alternatives to Dental Bonding
Dental issues for which dental bonding may be used often have alternatives, depending on severity. When bonding is considered for root protection related to gum recession, a dental crown may be considered along with appropriate gum therapy. Chips, cracks, and gaps may be addressed with crowns, as well, though porcelain veneers may be a better option.
How Long Does Bonding Material Last?
With good care, dental bonding can last up to 10 years. The longevity of results depends on a variety of factors, including the location of the bonding material in the mouth and the biting and chewing habits in that area of the mouth.
Caring for Tooth Bonding
Because dental composite is not as hard as dental porcelain, you may need to be more diligent in the care of your tooth bonding. If you notice damage to the bonding on your teeth, simply return to our office to let our cosmetic dentists repair the damage. In most cases, dental bonding will last for many years without needing replacement.
Schedule a Consultation
Please contact our Bismarck cosmetic dentists today to schedule your appointment. Our team also welcomes patients from the surrounding areas of Bismarck, including the surrounding areas of North Dakota. Call our Bismarck office at 701.222.1800 or our Garrison office at 701.463.2884.