The dentist often repairs decayed or broken teeth for their patients by adhering some special resin or plastic that bears the same color as the natural tooth enamel. This type of treatment procedure is termed as dental bonding. Much different from fitting artificial dentures, which need to be created out of veneer in a laboratory, dental bonding is known for its simple technique and short time completion time. This is because of the firm bonding made between the resins and the decayed tooth surface.
Procedure of dental bonding
The dental bonding process does not require any prior preparation, as is needed with a tooth extraction or root canal. As it is a completely painless treatment, no anesthesia is required to be applied on the gum or oral muscles. However, if it is for the repair of a highly decayed tooth anesthesia may be needed to make that tooth nerves numb because cleaning the decaying tooth is more likely to be painful.
The first step in tooth bonding is selecting the exact shade of the color of resin that will perfectly match the shade of natural teeth of the patient. The concerned tooth surface is roughened to some extent by scraping so that the bonding material can adhere firmly to the tooth enamel. A conditioning solution is then applied to the abraded tooth surface, which plays a vital role in fixing the resin used for bonding to the decayed or broken tooth. The dentist then applies the soft and malleable paste of resin over the readied surface of the damaged tooth of his patient that is the same color as the tooth. This resin cover is then carefully molded over the tooth and properly smoothened to look just the same as the original tooth surface. When the resin bonding looks exactly the same as the natural tooth, it is hardened with the application of ultraviolet rays to turn it into the same texture as the enamel of the tooth. Finally, the dentist trims the excess resin and further polish it to blend it perfectly with the natural tooth surface so that it can be hardly detected.
This entire procedure of dental bonding is normally completed within 30 minutes or more, depending on the extent of damage on the affected teeth.
Dental bonding typically costs much lesser than the other forms of cosmetic dental treatment. However, the resin is actually a softer material and thus, it may be harmed due to the habit of biting of nails or on chewing very hard food items. Moreover, the resin is likely to be stained due to the intake of caffeine-rich drinks or smoking of nicotine products, which should be avoided at least for 2 days after undergoing this dental treatment. The dental bonding needs to be renewed after a few years when the resin is discolored and chipped after continuous use. To schedule your dental bonding appointment, contact Midtown Dental Centre in Toronto today!