If you are confused about what to do about your damaged tooth, there is an effective solution: dental bonding. It is one of the simplest and quickest procedures available to save a tooth. Dr. Stephen Moore, DDS, at Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry specializes in dental bonding.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding repairs a tooth with composite resin, which is a mix of glass and plastic. The material is easy to shape and its color can be customized to match your other teeth. Resin is the best material for dental bonding.
What Dental Problems Can Dental Bonding Fix?
Dental bonding can be used to restore the whiteness of someone’s smile when the process of whitening does not yield desired results. This procedure can be used on teeth that have cracks, have enamel missing, are broken or have other generic damage. It can also be used to even up teeth which are uneven or short. Further uses include helping to fill wide gaps between teeth.
What is the Dental Bonding Procedure Like?
Dr. Stephen Moore is an experienced Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dental bonding can be done in one procedure and without needing even a local anesthetic. The first step in treatment is a consultation to determine whether or not dental bonding is actually a treatment option in your case.
The dentist will then determine the correct color for the bonding so that the material matches the rest of your teeth. After the tooth has been shaped to accommodate the bonding, an adhesive is added to the tooth and then the bonding material. The bonding material is adjusted to ensure a natural look. After the shaping is done ultraviolet light is applied so that the material hardens (cures).
Aftercare of Dental Bonding
Maintaining oral hygiene is the primary aftercare for all dental procedures. We can’t stress this point enough. Good oral hygiene care includes brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. We also recommend visiting our Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry office for checkups and cleanings at least twice a year.
Following are a few tips to keep your dental bonded tooth in good shape:
- Avoid food that is excessively chewy on the first day of your dental bonding procedure.
- Avoid biting down on hard food items, especially if your front teeth were the ones treated.
- Avoid eating blueberries, smoking tobacco, or drinking coffee which can stain the bonding resin.
- Avoid grinding or clenching your teeth to prevent wearing down of the bonding material.
- Avoid chewing on ice, pens, or fingernails. These habits not only damage the dental bonding but also the crowns on your other teeth and jaw muscles and joints.
You will receive specific aftercare instructions before you leave our office.
Whether it’s an emergency or you are simply unhappy with your smile, dental bonding may be an option in your case. Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is a well trusted name not only in Appleton, but in the surrounding area as well.
Call us today at 920-996-0123 and book a consultation to discuss dental bonding and various other procedures as potential treatment options. Or you can visit our dentistry office at 381 South Kools St, Appleton, WI 54914.