If cracks or chips in your teeth are detracting from your appearance, consider improving your smile with dental bonding. At San Ramon Family Dental in San Ramon, California, Rupam Khanna, DDS, offers high-quality bonding for all of her patients who are looking to fix minor cosmetic imperfections in their smiles. To learn more about how San Ramon Family Dental can improve your smile with bonding, call the office or book a visit online today.
Bonding is a dental procedure that fixes imperfections in your teeth by filling them in and covering them up with a tooth-colored material. Bonding is minimally invasive, cost-effective, and can be done in a single office visit, making it a very popular restorative procedure.
Cosmetic bonding treats a variety of dental conditions, including:
Bonding can also be used for medical purposes, as well. It can treat cavities caused by tooth decay and protect the roots of teeth that have been exposed as a result of gum disease.
Your dentist first picks a resin color that matches your tooth enamel so your bonding will blend in seamlessly with your smile. Next, the dental team scratches the surface of your tooth to make it rougher and better able to absorb a conditioning liquid.
Your dentist then coats your tooth with the conditioning liquid and applies the resin. The resin is a putty-like substance that your dentist molds and shapes to give your tooth a natural look. Once the resin is shaped, your dentist hardens it with a special curing light and makes any final adjustments or trims with a drill.
Finally, your dentist polishes the bonding material until it matches the luminance of the rest of your smile, giving you an instantly improved tooth that looks right at home with the rest of your teeth.
Your bonded tooth is more susceptible to staining for the first couple of days after your procedure. You can minimize staining by avoiding tobacco products and foods and drinks that are darkly pigmented, like coffee, red wine, and berries.
After a few days, you can treat your bonded tooth almost exactly like a natural tooth. Be sure to keep it clean by regularly brushing and flossing, and maintaining routine cleanings and checkups with San Ramon Family Dental.
The resin used in bonding isn’t as strong as natural tooth enamel, so you’ll need to be a little gentler in order to avoid chips or cracks. You should be careful not to do anything that puts too much force or pressure on your restoration, like chewing ice or biting your fingernails. With proper care, your bonding can keep your smile looking great for years.
Schedule your bonding appointment today by calling the offices at San Ramon Family Dental or booking a visit online.