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Dental Bonding

Tooth bonding procedure uses a tooth-coloured composite material to attach to the tooth with adhesives and a very high density curing light. The reasons of dental bonding are generally cosmetics. The idea is to repair decayed teeth, close spaces, strengthen and repair cracked and chipped teeth. It is also meant to change the shape of teeth and to protect parts of tooth roots that get exposed over the time when the gum recedes.

Destination & Price

Time Required

3-4 days

Overview

Tooth bonding procedure uses a tooth-coloured composite material to attach to the tooth with adhesives and a very high density curing light. The reasons of dental bonding are generally cosmetics. The idea is to repair decayed teeth, close spaces, strengthen and repair cracked and chipped teeth. It is also meant to change the shape of teeth and to protect parts of tooth roots that get exposed over the time when the gum recedes.

In many cases, dental bonding is a great cosmetic alternative to fillings. Compared to other cosmetic procedures, bonding is the easiest and most inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure. Cosmetic bonding usually lasts up to 10 years, provided you take proper care of your teeth and avoid smoking, having hard foods that require force to bite. Before teeth bonding procedure, there are a few rules to be followed.

Before the Treatment

  • First, your dentist examines your teeth and determines the types of dental problems you may have. He asks you about your oral hygiene, dental problems and any health-related issues. He may ask for your dental history report. A thorough observation will help him decide if he can safely carry out the dental bonding procedure.
  • He examines your teeth thoroughly by doing X-rays and evaluating the condition of your teeth and gum.
  • He tries to analyze whether you are a suitable candidate for the cosmetic problem that only a teeth bonding procedure can resolve. In case, you have teeth that are greatly damaged, your dentist may recommend other cosmetic and restorative procedures.
  • After everything is discussed, your doctor schedules a date for teeth bonding.

How it is performed

Bonding does not require the use of anaesthesia, unless it is done to fill any decayed tooth. In the first step, your doctor selects a composite resin that closely matches to the colour of the rest of your teeth. There are two types of bondings- adhesive bonding and direct composite bonding. After deciding which bonding process is right for you, he begins the process. How dental bonding is performed is explained in two techniques as below:

  • Adhesive bonding: The procedure involves attaching a restoration to the affected tooth. This is a common method for porcelain veneers, aesthetic crowns, inlays/outlays and bridges.
  • Once he chooses the exact colour of resin that matches your natural teeth, he administers a gentle phosphoric acid solution to roughen the surface of the tooth. After the roughing agent is removed, a kind of liquid bonding agent is applied. He uses a putty-like resin to attach to the tooth, and then moulds and smoothes it.
  • Your doctor then uses the impression taken on the putty-like resin to create a veneer. The material is hardened by using an ultraviolet curing light and is then polished to match to the colour of your teeth. It is then placed or bonded with the teeth.
  • Direct Composite Bonding: The dentist uses tooth-coloured composites to fill cavities, close gaps between your teeth and reconstruct worn-out edges. Then, the composite material is bonded to your teeth and the edges are sculpted to ensure a prominent smile.

Recovery

The recovery time of dental bonding is almost none, allowing you to continue with normal oral functions like biting and chewing. However, the aftercare of dental bonding involves avoiding coffee, tea, red wine, smoking and other beverages that may stain your teeth. Do avoid hard foods that are difficult to chew or bite. This should be continued for at least 48 hours after the surgery. Taking proper care helps the patient to continue with normal eating in a few days of the surgery.