Tooth Bonding Treatment in Santa Clara, CA
What is Dental Bonding?
Bonding is the application of tooth-colored resin material to one or much chipped, damaged or discolored teeth under a high intensity curing light. This procedure is commonly used to fix chipped and broken teeth.
Apart from the resin material, another option is the composite or porcelain veneers. Out of the two, composite is the strongest and therefore more costly. It is used like an alternative for amalgam. As the name suggests amalgam fillings have metal alloys and it protects the areas the gums have failed to work right at. They can be used fill the gaps between teeth, to make your teeth look longer, or to just reshape them.
How much time does bonding take?
Bonding does not require much preparation in advance and no anesthesia is required. The procedure should take about 30 minutes to an hour for a tooth but if there are more teeth, it may require more time. The shade of your neighborhood teeth and the composite are made to match so that it appears completely natural.
What are the various types of bonding?
There are two variations in dental bonding treatment:
1. Direct Composite Bonding: Direct composite bonding, generally known as bonding, is where the dentists will use the prepared teeth-colored composites to bond.
2. Adhesive Bonding: The restoration material is attached to the teeth. This is mostly used for esthetic crowns, porcelain veneers, and bridges. After the impression of your teeth is taken and the desired color is matched with; a certain amount of phosphoric acid is applied to the surfaces of your teeth so that they can be roughened and then a liquid bonding is added after the roughening acid is cleaned. The resin is shaped and reshaped until the shape and size required is attained.
How long does bonding last?
Unlike veneers that last long, bonding does not last very long. Depending on how you take care of it, dental bonding may last for about 10 years. Also, composite bonding's are delicate, so you need to be gentle with them as they can break or get chipped easy. An improper bite or bruxism can cause enough damage to it.
You also need to be very careful with your diet. Hard foods are to be avoided along with staining foods like coffee or wine; habits like bite opening packets, chewing the back of a pen or pencil are to be discontinued. Brushing every day is a must and going for the annual dental cleaning appointments.
Dr. Tracy Ngo at Stevens Creek Dentistry in Santa Clara is a highly recommended dentist. Call us today at 408-261-8882 to book your dental consultation!