What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry treatment performed by Dr. John A. Garza to reshape, rejuvenate, and restore teeth, ultimately improving their functionality and appearance.
During the bonding process, Dr. Garza applies a composite resin to one or more teeth that have become discolored or physically damaged. The plastic resin will be tooth-colored to blend in with the rest of your teeth to give it a natural look.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Bonding is one of the easiest dental procedures we offer. The procedure has many benefits including the following:
- There is little to no enamel removal.
- Anesthesia is not needed unless the bond is filling a cavity.
- The procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes and only one treatment is needed.
What Is Dental Bonding used for?
Tooth bonding can be done to address several imperfections. Some reasons to have dental bonding is to repair cracked, chipped, misshapen, broken, or stained teeth. It is also used to fill in the spaces between teeth to make for a better appearance overall.
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Dental Bonding Material
The dental bonding material is made of a composite resin, or plastic, that hardens and fuses to your tooth when Dr. John A. Garza shines a special light on it. Once in place, the bonding material is shaped to fix the specific defect. In addition, it is also colored to match the patients natural tooth. In most cases, it may be polished as well.
The Dental Bonding Process
The dental bonding process requires three main steps:
- An etching solution is applied to the tooth or teeth to prepare them to receive the bonding material. This solution gently roughens the surface of the tooth for a stronger bond between the tooth and the plastic.
- A thin layer of the bonding resin is placed on the surface of the tooth and is sealed in place using a special light. Several layers of resin may be added and hardened in turn. Each layer doesn’t take too long to harden (usually takes about a minute).
- We then sculpt the bonding material to the desired shape and color it to match the shade of your natural teeth. We also polish the bonding material so that it is laid smoothly.
How Long Does the Dental Bonding Last
Composite resin bonding lasts from 4 to 8 years on average. The lifespan of the bonding also depends on the location of the tooth with the bonding and patient’s chewing habits.
Does The Dental Bonding Procedure Hurt?
The area of your tooth that Dr. Garza performs dental bonding on will have little to no sensitivity. Since the procedure is relatively painless, bonding usually doesn’t require anesthesia.
How Do I Care For My Dental Bonding?
To care for your dental bonding we recommend you brush your teeth twice a day and also, floss daily. We suggest you try to avoid highly acidic foods and drinks that can easily stain your bonding.
Cost Of Dental Bonding
The cost of the procedure varies from patient to patient. The location of the bonding and how much bonding is necessary is also a factor in the cost. Many dental insurance plans cover most of the bonding cost, especially if it’s done for structural purposes or to fill a cavity.