Cosmetic Dental Bonding:
Restore & Repair Your Smile
A damaged smile often suffers from a reduced appearance. Teeth that are plagued by cavities, cracks, chips, and other problems often require multiple treatments to look their best again and return you to optimal oral health. Fortunately, at Carson Dental Care, you don’t have to worry about undergoing multiple costly treatments to repair your smile. Our cosmetic dentist Dr. Aluning can simultaneously repair your smile while restoring its form with a process called cosmetic dental bonding.
What Is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?
Cosmetic dental bonding is a procedure where your dentist will apply composite resin to a damaged tooth and freehand shape it to restore the tooth’s form and function. The composite resin used in cosmetic dental bonding is very similar to the kind used in composite dental fillings. Dental bonding is a minimally invasive procedure, sometimes requiring no anesthetic unless a cavity is being filled.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dental Bonding
- Non to Minimally Invasive Procedure – Dental bonding is almost completely non-invasive.
- Aesthetic Enhancement – Dental bonding can be used to improve the aesthetics of your smile by fixing cosmetic flaws such as chips, cracks, and discoloration.
- Affordability – Dental bonding is one of the more affordable dental treatments available.
- Restore Your Bite – Dental bonding can improve your bite force by restoring the shape of your tooth.
- Improved Oral Health – Dental bonding can repair minor damage that would detract from your oral health.
- Quick Treatment – On average, dental bonding for one tooth usually takes 30 to 60 minutes depending on the case.
- One Treatment For Multiple Problems – Dental bonding can solve multiple problems, ranging from cosmetic to functional issues.
Treatment With Dental Bonding
Before Dr. Aluning can approve you for dental bonding, she’ll have you undergo an initial consultation. During your initial consultation, your Carson cosmetic dentist will evaluate your oral health with a thorough exam. This will include taking X-rays with the PreXion3D Excelsior CBCT Scanner. She’ll also review your medical history and ask you questions about what you’re hoping to achieve from the treatment.
If your dental damage is too extensive, dental bonding may not be right for you. Dr. Aluning will inform you of all of your options for treatment, so you can make the best decision for your oral health.
Once Dr. Aluning has approved you for dental bonding, we’ll help you pick a shade of resin that matches your smile. Then, Dr. Aluning will prepare your teeth by thoroughly cleaning them. Next, she’ll roughen the tooth, to help ensure the composite material adheres to it. If your dental bonding is being used to fill a cavity, Dr. Aluning will apply a local anesthetic to numb the affected teeth and tissues and drill as close as possible to the cavity to remove all damaged and decayed tooth material.
Once your teeth are ready, your cosmetic dentist will apply the composite resin and shape it freehand. Then, she’ll set the resin into place and instantly harden the resin with a blue light.