If you have a minor chip or a gap in between your teeth and you do not want braces, dental bonding may be your ideal fix.
Dental bonding can correct teeth that are:
- Unevenly spaced
- Stained and are not responsive to tooth whitening
- Structurally damaged from tooth decay
What Is Tooth Bonding?
Dental bonding is when a composite resin filling is placed on your front or back teeth to fix imperfections. Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb will apply select a composite resin material that matches the color of your natural tooth, and then apply it.
At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, we use CEREC technology that allows us to create restorations that are designed, made, and placed in one visit. This means that if you have a larger problem and you need customized porcelain fillings, we can create them in one visit.
We will start by preparing you tooth, meaning roughening and shaping the surface. Creating small grooves in your tooth will allow the composite resin to successfully bond to your teeth. Next we will apply a conditioning solution and bonding agent that together act as a strong adhesive to hold the bonding material. The putty-like tooth colored composite material will then be placed and sculpted fix your problem areas. Several layers of the composite material are usually necessary in order to achieve optimum results.
Once the material is applied, each layer is hardened with a special curing light. After the final layer of composite resin is applied, it is shaped to match the contour of your natural teeth. Composite resin comes in various shades, so you will have a match that is both functional and attractive.
One of the best things about dental bonding is that the results look and feel like your natural tooth. Before composite resin was commonly used in dental offices, if your tooth became damaged or decayed, it was often repaired with a silver amalgam filling. These fillings are unattractive, and also require some of your tooth’s surface to be shaved down so the silver restoration could be implanted. Composite requires a minimal amount of your tooth to be prepared, therefore saving much of your natural tooth.
If you are bothered by cracks, chips or spaces in your teeth, please contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville by calling (800) 672-8518 or filling out our form. Our tooth bonding specialists serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and nearby areas in New Jersey.